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NABJ to Congress: Reverse the FCC's Media Consolidation Decision

Commissionï ¿ ½s vote limits opportunity for minority ownership and localism

The Association of Journalists (NABJ) calls on the U.S. to reverse this week’s decision by the (FCC) in allowing corporate ownership of both print and broadcast media in the same city. Despite a loud public outcry, on Tuesday the FCC voted 3-2 to relax a 30--old rule that prevented this kind of media monopoly. Dedicated to promoting fairness in media coverage and expand entrepreneurship opportunities for journalists of color, NABJ strongly believes that media ownership should reflect the racial and ethnic up of society and such a decision prohibits such diversity.

“Is the fourth estate to be sold to the highest bidder?” asked NABJ President Barbara . “Congress cannot allow the FCC to limit diverse voices and further prevent ownership opportunities to minorities.” In a letter this fall to FCC Commissioner , NABJ took issue with his desire to lift the ban on these types of media takeovers, citing their impact on minority owners and journalists. With increasing media consolidation the number of minority owners will steadily decrease, wrote . The Commission has a responsibility to maintain its public interest obligations and in order to do , there must be safeguards to ensure station leadership and programming is as diverse as the communities they represent.ï ¿ ½