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DCN stands with global media community as Google and Meta threaten to take down news in Canada

July 7, 2023 | By DCN

DCN stands with publishers around the globe in reaction to Facebook and Google’s efforts to undermine Canada’s new law to help address the imbalance in market power. Digital Content Next was one of 18 media organizations worldwide that issued a joint statement on July 5, 2023 in response to Google and Meta’s threat to take down news in Canada after Canada’s parliament passed the Online News Act (C-18) in June.

In the words of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, “This is not just a dispute over advertising, it is also dispute over democracy. It’s a question of recognizing the role internet giants—like Facebook Meta, Google and others—have in our lives and therefore the responsibility they also wield.  …this goes to the core of a free and informed society that is able to take responsible decisions in a democracy citizens need to have access to quality journalism that is properly paid.

The fact that Facebook doesn’t want to recognize the hard work of professional journalists is something that undermines the very fabric of democracy. So, Canada—and allies around the world—are going to stand strong and demonstrate that we will not flinch in our defense of fundamental foundational principles of democracy like a free, quality, informed press.”

Read the full joint statement here.