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Keep the Hartford Courant Local:

We oppose the sale of the Hartford Courant to owners based outside the community. We are particularly opposed to the sale of the Courant to Koch Industries, which reportedly wants to use media outlets to further its political agenda.

The upcoming sale is the best opportunity to make the Hartford Courant accountable to its readers. We demand that you sell the Courant only to a local owner who will commit to the following principles:

  1. The Hartford Courant will serve the news and information needs of the whole community. The Courant should not exist to serve an owner's political agenda.
  2. The Hartford Courant will act as a watchdog against corporate abuse and political corruption.
  3. The Hartford Courant will hire more local reporters and editors.
  4. The Hartford Courant will produce credible and fair journalism that reflects our community's diversity.

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    Koch News Is Bad News for Hartford

    The Koch brothers may be on the verge of destroying the Hartford Courant.

    The billionaire brothers reportedly want to buy the eight Tribune Company newspapers and use these outlets to promote their extreme political agenda. This means turning the Courant into a platform for Koch Industries at the expense of everyday citizens.

    The Koch brothers have repeatedly misled the public on a range of social, economic and political issues. They don't care one bit about journalism or the Hartford community.

    Still, the Tribune Company is reportedly taking the Koch bid for its newspapers very seriously.

    We can't let the Kochs win this one. The Tribune Company needs to hear from the people of Hartford and beyond.

    Take action. Tell the Tribune Company: Don't sell the Hartford Courant to the Koch brothers — or anyone who would put ideology before fair, objective and hard-hitting journalism. We'll deliver your message to Tribune Company executives before it's too late.

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