Briefing

Newspaper executives are lobbying the U.S. government to stymie Big Tech’s dominance

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Eight publishing executives, including those from the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and News Corp, are meeting with senators and other lawmakers on Tuesday. (Axios)

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Talking point: The lobbying push comes as U.S. politicians float solutions to the hollowing-out and shuttering of newsrooms struggling to compete with Facebook and Google for ad dollars. Proposed legislation in the House and the Senate, for example, would give media companies an “antitrust exemption,” allowing them to withhold content from digital platforms and force the tech giants to negotiate terms for using their work. The U.S. executives’ move echoes demands for legislative change in Canada’s media landscape. Last week, The Logic reported that executives from the CBC, The Globe and Mail, Quebecor, Le Devoir and Magazines Canada are asking the federal government for new laws to make Facebook and Google pay more taxes in the country, help pay for the creation of their content and make it more visible on their platforms.