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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.

  • Acts of Journalism and the Espionage Act

    July 1, 2013
    Earlier this month, federal prosecutors filed a formal criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, charging him with three felonies for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian and Barton Gellman at the Washington Post. Two of those charges were filed under the 1917 Espionage Act.
  • Free Press Pushes the Justice Department to Respect Journalists' Rights

    June 28, 2013
    In June, before the National Security Agency surveillance story broke, everyone was talking about the Justice Department’s secret collection of phone records from Associated Press journalists and editors — and the Department’s classification of one Fox News journalist as an accomplice in a leak that he had reported on.
  • Our Freedom to Connect

    June 27, 2013
    It’s been three weeks since the National Security Agency’s spying scandal erupted — and millions are outraged. Nearly everyone gets it: Individual freedom and social justice simply cannot survive in a surveillance state.
  • Restore the Fourth!

    June 27, 2013
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s spying programs exposed extensive violations of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights — and of the right to privacy established in numerous Supreme Court decisions. These leaks have also prompted the reddit community to fight back.
  • Turn It Up: Join the Community Radio Revolution

    June 26, 2013
    I love radio. And when I say I love radio, I mean I love the sweet left end of the dial — that haven of independent programming and public radio stations.
  • Why a Special Congressional Committee Must Be Created to Investigate the NSA’s Unconstitutional Domestic Spying

    June 24, 2013
    In the past couple of weeks, the National Security Agency has, unsurprisingly, responded with a series of secret briefings to Congress that have left the public in the dark and vulnerable to misstatements and word games.
  • On David Gregory and Standing Up For Journalists’ Constitutional Rights

    June 24, 2013
    Meet the Press host David Gregory caused a stir on Sunday when he asked Glenn Greenwald, “To the extent that you have ‘aided and abetted’ [Edward] Snowden, even in his current movements, why shouldn’t you, Mr. Greenwald, be charged with a crime?”
  • Scandalous Privatization of Noncommercial TV Spectrum

    June 20, 2013
    About 20 percent of the hugely valuable TV spectrum — slated for auction in 2014 — is reserved for noncommercial stations. Only noncommercial stations (mostly owned by universities and community nonprofits) can operate on this spectrum, and when these institutions sell, they must sell to other eligible noncommercial operators.
  • This Is a Test. This Is Only a Test.

    June 20, 2013
    In the early morning hours of April 19, some residents of Watertown, Mass., received an automated phone call telling them to “shelter in place” while the suspected Boston marathon bomber roamed the neighborhood. The system worked — to a degree.
  • Why the Spying Scandal Is a Serious Racial Justice Issue

    June 19, 2013
    Given the massive investment in national security after 9/11, recent news that the federal government is spying on hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the world may not have come as a surprise. But an uncomfortable reality of the once-secret scheme is the degree to which people of color are disproportionately caught up in the government’s dragnet.

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