Groups Call For Diversity Study Completion Before FCC Decides On Media Ownership Rule Changes
November 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM (PT)
A conference call by critics of media ownership concentration included a threat by FREE PRESS Pres./CEO CRAIG AARON to sue the FCC again if the new media ownership rules are approved before the Commission completes diversity studies. "If they move forward without public input," AARON said, "then I believe we will have no choice but to take them to court again ... Diversity is not something that we can deal with later after changing the rules after allowing more concentration. Diversity needs to come first." FREE PRESS sued the Commission in 2007 for similar reasons.
The conference call also included Rev. JESSE JACKSON, LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE President/CEP WADE HENDERSON, THE NEWSPAPER GUILD-CWA's BERNIE LUNZER, the ASIAN AMERICAN JUSTICE CENTER's MEE MOUA, COLOROFCHANGE.ORG's RASHAD ROBINSON, and NATIONAL HISPANIC MEDIA COALITION's ALEX NOGALES.
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