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Soros Asks Congress to Ditch Exon Act

George Soros, a major shareholder in the Times Mirror media company, has published a letter sent to all members of the Telecommunications Conference Committee asking them not to support censorship of the Net.

WASHINGTON, D.C.--A prominent investor, who now holds a 7 percent stake in the Times Mirror Company, is asking members of the Telecommunications Conference Committee to vote against Net censorship.

"It needs to be established that the First Amendment and its protection of free expression apply fully to new communication technologies. Communication on the Internet should be no more subject to government censorship than the telephones and mails," writes Soros.

While the Telecommunications Reform Act is now out of committee and on its way to a final vote, the Communications Decency Act is still under debate.