An informed citizenry and persistently inquisitive media are essential for democracy to flourish. The free flow of information is fundamental to democracy.
We call for:
- Broadcast frequencies and the Internet, which are owned by the public, to be managed to serve the public interest;
- Guaranteed continuing internet neutrality, by reclassifying the internet infrastructure as a common carrier, in which all users and content providers have equal access to Internet service, without discrimination or prioritization on the basis of source, destination, technology or ability to pay;
- Encouraging women, minority and community media ownership;
- Strengthening community-level, non-profit and non-commercial radio and TV;
- Ensuring that all Americans, including rural Americans, have affordable access to a modern communications infrastructure;
- Reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine for broadcast media during election campaigns and making it applicable to cable networks, to promote greater balance in coverage;
- Increasing affordable access to high-speed Internet statewide;
- The Federal Communications Commission to reduce concentration of media ownership, restore local programming, and encourage multicultural and minority-owned media;
- Public radio and public television to be accorded adequate, stable funding free of political pressure;
- Freedom of Information Act time limits to be enforced and the Act funded;
- Reporting from theaters of war to be free of censorship, except as necessary to avoid revealing tactical information or endangering our troops;
- Prompt adjudication of claims of “national security” and other questionable classifications that delay timely news investigations;
- Journalists to be protected from unwarranted pressure to reveal their sources to outsiders (shield laws);
- Media to avoid publishing government-funded propaganda as news;
- Companies should fairly compensate local governments for their use of the public rights-of-way;
- Privacy of personal account user names and passwords;
- Television Washington (TVW) to be carried statewide, by all carriers;
- The enforcement of 47 USC § 315 - Candidates for Public Office. (The Equal Opportunities requirement; censorship prohibition; allowance of station use; news appearances exception; public interest; public issues discussion opportunities to all government controlled bandwidth and full funding and strict enforcement thereof); and extension to all publicly regulated media outlets;
- Exemption of non-commercial broadcasting from any requirement to take paid advertisements.
- False claims of “national security” to suppress investigative journalism;
- False and misleading (wrong and inaccurate) information spread by newspapers and radio or television programs under the guise of news.