A Message From the News Media Alliance
On July 17, 2018, the International Trade Commission will hear testimony on the preliminary tariffs. We have asked Members of Congress to testify or submit comments for this hearing, and describe the impact of these tariffs on their local newspapers and jobs in their districts /states. We are also asking them to argue that U.S. newsprint producers will be harmed by the tariffs as their customers reduce their consumption of newsprint by cutting pages; reducing days of delivery, …etc. Relatedly, the Secretary of Commerce (who has an important and distinct role in the newsprint case) expressed interest in receiving information from newspapers on the impact of the tariffs on their businesses. We need your help to promote newspaper participation in an industry survey so that we can collect data that can be shared with Members of Congress and the Department of Commerce. We ask that newspapers answer as many questions as possible by July 3.
Additionally, the Stop Tariffs on Printers and Publishers coalition has initiated a citizen and employee petition against the tariffs that will be sent to the ITC around the July 17 hearing. Right now, we have over 2,800 signatures, far short of our goal of 10,000. Please consider signing the petition. The preliminary tariffs are currently costing publishers and printers hundreds of millions of dollars.