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Welcome to the Free Press blog! We post several times a week on everything from Internet access to free speech to media mergers, so check back often to see what we’re up to.

  • Product Placement Gone Wild

    October 6, 2011

    On NPR’s Morning Edition this Wednesday, reporter Elizabeth Blair took a hard look at the ways in which advertisers are flooding our media and having more and more of a say in the content we see between the commercial breaks. New tools and technology have given consumers more options for skipping the ads that have quietly come to fill as much as 10 to 15 minutes of a half-hour program. With TiVo and online streaming, people can increasingly choose what commercials they see — or skip the ads altogether.

  • Field Reporting: Going, Going, Gone?

    October 4, 2011

    Veteran TV journalist David Marash knows the news.

    Marash is a former correspondent for ABC’s Nightline and won Emmys for his reporting on the Oklahoma City bombing and the explosion of TWA Flight 800. He was an anchor for Al Jazeera English from 2006–2008. He’s spent a good 50 years in the business.

    Which also means Marash knows when the networks are trying to pass something off as news that isn’t news. He calls it “news whiz”: Like Cheez Whiz, it’s an embarrassing substitute for the real thing.

  • Surprise! The Open Internet Spurs Innovation

    October 4, 2011

    We’ve been saying it for years. Now a new report from the nonpartisan Institute for Policy Integrity backs it up: The open Internet — an even playing field on which all websites and applications are treated equally — is an engine of innovation and investment.

  • Pittsburgh Stands Up for Media Reform

    October 3, 2011

    Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps will be the first to tell you that his own agency needs to do more to improve the country’s media system. Last Monday, he told a room full of Pittsburgh residents that a key part of the remedy is citizen action.

    “If we are to ever have media of the people, by the people and for the people, you need to take this fight on,” Copps told the crowd at a town hall-style dialogue sponsored by Free Press. “The stakes could not be higher ... If we are denied quality news and information, if we are denied in-depth investigative reporting and if we are denied a media environment wherein independent voices can speak and be heard, then we won’t be able to sustain an
    informed electorate.”

  • Free Press Tells the FCC: Time for Media Transparency

    October 3, 2011

    At today’s FCC hearing on the Information Needs of Communities, Free Press Policy Counsel Corie Wright made the case for why we need a new era of broadcaster transparency. Through a few simple changes, Wright argues, the FCC could make available vital information about how the media serve local communities — and enable citizens, journalists and public interest groups to hold media accountable.

    The text of Corie Wright’s speech, delivered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University, follows below.

  • Black Voices for Internet Freedom Launches

    September 30, 2011

    Last Friday marked the launch of Black Voices for Internet Freedom, a new coalition of local, regional and national organizations, leaders and their allies joining together to keep the Internet open and free from discrimination.

  • Net Neutrality: What's Mobile Got to Do With It?

    September 30, 2011

    This week Free Press filed a legal challenge to the FCC’s Open Internet rules, which passed last December and were just published in the Federal Register.

  • High Noon for Internet Freedom

    September 30, 2011

    As democracy movements worldwide struggle to speak out via the Internet, many here in the U.S. may have overlooked an effort in Congress to undermine this basic freedom.

  • Free Press Files Suit to Protect Openness on the Wireless Web

    September 28, 2011

    On Wednesday afternoon Free Press filed a legal challenge to the Open Internet rules recently published by the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Will Your Senator Kill the Open Internet?

    September 28, 2011

    The day is almost upon us: A handful of corporate hardliners in the Senate is getting ready to rush through a measure that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over the Internet.

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