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Google News no longer operates in Spain because of a similar law, and in Australia, the scheme stands to benefit Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. while weakening others.
The Liberals' newly announced supports for media would have no impact on the day-to-day decisions of any working journalist.
A shooting in Annapolis, Maryland left five employees dead and two injured.
Our media may not be reading off identical scripts quite yet, but we'd be fooling ourselves to think there isn't a problem.
Most experts agreed that a medley of action is needed, both for funding the supply of, and improving the demand for, trusted news.
It seems an ideal time to consider the CBC's proposal to go ad-free, but with a slightly different approach.
What is needed is a call to action for our federal government to respond to this crisis.
On the other hand, if a publisher decides to close down a paper and have a news site on the internet, they should be eligible for support.
Support by the federal government of a shield law for journalists is certainly welcomed. Journalists, whose work is essential to a functioning democracy, need to be able to do their jobs without fear of facing prosecution.
The next time you read about mass layoffs or publications shutting down at the big media companies, don't be so quick to blame it on the Internet or millennials. Neither of them are going away, but if the big guys don't start doing something differently, they will.