The head of the Federal Trade Commission said Tuesday the agency will study whether government should aid struggling news organizations, which are suffering from a collapse in advertising revenues as the internet upends their centuries-old business model.

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While cautioning that changes in the news business must be much better understood before any policy changes are made, Mr. Leibowitz said: “We should be able to take action if necessary to preserve the news that is vital to democracy.”

via FTC Workshop Examines Journalism in Internet Age – WSJ.com.

A press either aided or hindered by government is not free.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. – U.S. Bill of Rights, Amendment I

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