|Testimony presented in response to proposed changes in FCC media ownership
Thank you for hearing us out today. My name is Robert Zverina.
I was born in New York state,
in a small town called Liberty -- which was fitting because my parents were
immigrants who came
to the United States seeking freedom.
They came here in 1968 as political refugees from Czechoslovakia,
which at that time was a
It was a country where the government arrested and detained
people without cause, evidence,
Where prisoners were held indefinitely, denied legal counsel,
It was a place where even the most blameless citizens were spied
on -- phone lines tapped, private
correspondence intercepted, and personal records scrutinized without
And of course, all of these nefarious activities were buttressed
by a complicit, monolithic media
network which served to promote, protect, and perpetuate a tiny minority's
prerogatives of power
My parents are no longer alive, and in a way I'm glad, because
it would break their hearts to see
their beloved America subject today to these same abuses of
But unlike Soviet Czechoslovakia, we still have some -- not
much, but some -- diversity in media
ownership. You commissioners are faced with a monumental choice and I hope
you will do some
deep soul-searching before deciding.
A plurality of voices is the very definition of democracy. It
is imperative that you say NO to to
further consolidation. To do otherwise would be a betrayal of the American
people and the ideals
on which this great country was founded. Thank you.
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