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Newspaper Association of America welcomes reintroduction of Free Flow of Information Act
Director of Communications
May 15, 2013
Arlington, Va. – Caroline H. Little, president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, issued the following statement concerning the Free Flow of Information Act:
“The Newspaper Association of America looks forward to the reintroduction by Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of the Free Flow of Information Act, which was passed by the Senate Judiciary Committee in 2009. As events that have come to light this week have demonstrated, the public's right to the free flow of information – including on all matters of government conduct – is essential in preserving our unique American democracy.
"This kind of federal shield law, which the newspaper industry has consistently and strongly supported along with many other news media
organizations, would have, at a minimum, ensured a more fair and balanced process and the weighing of the issues in a court of law. We reject the notion that our nation's security and freedom of the press are somehow incompatible. They aren't. In fact, the Bill of Rights is central to America's security, not something to be ignored. The federal shield law accommodates both by allowing for third-party review. We are hopeful that federal shield legislation will receive support from Republicans and Democrats as it has in previous Congresses.”
NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers and their multiplatform businesses in the United States and Canada. NAA members include daily newspapers, as well as nondailies, other print publications and online products. Headquartered near Washington, D.C., in Arlington, Va., the association focuses on the major issues that affect today's newspaper industry: public policy/legal matters, advertising revenue growth and audience development across the medium's broad portfolio of products and digital platforms. Information about NAA and the industry also may be found at www.naa.org.