Franklin Center Statement on House Vote to Defund NPR

CapitolBeatOK Staff Report

Published 17-Mar-2011

Alexandria, Virginia  – Jason Stverak, President of the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity, a leading national non-profit journalism organization, released the following statement regarding the news the U.S. House of Representatives voted today to deny funding to NPR.
“The government has no place in the journalism industry and that includes funding news organizations.  Currently, there are hundreds of non-profit organizations practicing journalism that thrive without taxpayer funding. The mere existence of these organizations demonstrates that NPR can survive without government influence.
In addition, rapid developments in technology have allowed television and broadcast stations to emerge all over the nation, taking the place of the original purpose of NPR. Additional government support of the media is not warranted and could have negative impacts on journalism as a whole.”
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