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News/Media Alliance applauds the California State Assembly for passing the California Journalism Preservation Act

The California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA, AB 886) was approved today by the California State Assembly in a plenary vote of 46-6.

ARLINGTON, Va., June 1, 2023 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — The California Journalism Preservation Act (CJPA, AB 886) was approved today by the California State Assembly in a 46-6 plenary vote. The bill, introduced by Assemblyman Buffy Wicks (D-Oakland) in March, would require Big Tech platforms like Facebook and Google to pay news publishers a “journalism usage fee” to use content from eligible digital journalism providers, as defined in the bill. Currently, journalistic and creative content creators are not adequately compensated for the use of their work, which requires a large investment to produce.

The CJPA would also promote the hiring of more journalists, requiring news publishers to invest 70 percent of usage fee earnings in journalistic work. The bill is expected to advance to the California Senate next month, and then go to Governor Newsom to become law.

President and CEO of the News/Media Alliance Danielle Coffey stated, “We applaud the California Assembly for taking decisive and direct action to save journalism by passing the California Journalism and Preservation Act (CJPA). We are very encouraged to see this progress at the state level, demonstrating that the Americans understand the importance and value of journalism in keeping their communities safe and informed and holding those in power accountable. We look forward to seeing CJPA move to the Senate and work there with lawmakers to pass CJPA and restore fairness and equilibrium in the market.

The News/Media Alliance has been openly advocating for such legislation at the federal level since 2018. The Journalism Preservation and Competition Act (JCPA), which was reintroduced in the 117th Congress (S. 673 and HR 1735), passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee. marked down in September and nearly signed into law in December before Congress even finished. Senate Antitrust Chair amy klobuchar (D-MN) and Senator john n kennedy (R-LA) reintroduced the JCPA, which has strong bipartisan support, in the Senate (S. 1094) on March 31st.

Coffey added: “We are encouraged by the support we have received in addressing the serious market imbalance between technology platforms and news and magazine publishers, and we look forward to seeing legislation progress through both. California legislature and congress. Between similar laws being passed around the world and the positive movement in the US at the state and federal level, I think we are at an inflection point and we are seeing more and more support for this legislation being passed around the world. country”.

For more information on the federal JCPA, visit http://www.JCPABill.com.

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The News/Media Alliance is a non-profit organization representing more than 2,000 news and magazine media organizations and their multi-platform businesses in the United States and globally. Alliance members include print and digital publishers of original journalism. Based in the suburbs Washington D.C., the association focuses on ensuring the future of journalism through communication, research, advocacy and innovation. Information about the News/Media Alliance can be found at http://www.newsmediaalliance.org.

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