Sunday, April 22, 2007

Save Small, Independent Magazines like Ms.!

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The future of independent magazines like Ms., Mother Jones, The Nation, etc. is at risk with a massive new postage hike!

The U.S. Postal Service has accepted a Time Warner proposal that would significantly increase postage rates for smaller magazines, while reducing costs for the nation's largest publishers like Hearst and, you guessed it, Time Warner.Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting

Ms. is working with Free Press, a national non-partisan organization working to reform media, and the Media Consortium, including Mother Jones, The Nation, American Prospect, The Progressive, In These Times, and other independent media to send a massive number of letters protesting this unfair postage hike. But we must act now - we only have until April 23 to respond!

Please take a minute now to cosign a letter demanding that the rules are changed.

Time Warner's plan was chosen - with no public input - instead of another proposal that would have imposed a mostly equal increase (approx. 12 percent) for all magazine publishers. If implemented, the Time Warner plan could force many smaller publications out of business.

This proposal unfairly hurts smaller, cutting-edge publications like Ms., at a time when we need independent media more than ever. You can count on Ms. magazine, not "big corporate media," for the real story on the issues affecting women in the U.S. and worldwide.

Don't let Time Warner and the corporate media win - please cosign a letter demanding that Congress step in to stop the unfair postage hike and save independent media!

For A Strong Feminist Media,

Katherine Spillar, Executive Editor
Eleanor Smeal, Publisher


P M Prescott said...

Does this affect bulk rate postage for newspapers as well

BAC said...

I don't know, but that is a good question.


Coffee Messiah said...

Thanks for sharing this!

Having worked at a Hearst paper in SF, if they're for it, we've got to be against it!

More shenanigans by the big corporations. ; (