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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.

  • Fox Gets an F on a Diversity Report Card

    December 6, 2012

    The National Latino Media Council reported last week that ABC, CBS and NBC have made some progress in improving the representation of Latinos working on their entertainment programming. But the group couldn’t give Fox a passing grade this year.

  • FCC Spin vs. Fact

    December 5, 2012
    Last month an L.A. Times article suggested that there was little opposition to the Federal Communications Commission’s plan to gut longstanding media ownership rules. This is flat-out wrong.
  • Bill Moyers Interviews Free Press President Craig Aaron About the FCC's Big Media Giveaway

    December 4, 2012
    The Federal Communications Commission has been gearing up to deliver a holiday present to News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch, who’s been jonesing to buy the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. The current ownership rules stand in his way, so FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski has been operating behind closed doors to gut these rules and pave the way for Murdoch — and likeminded media moguls — to own the daily newspaper, two TV stations and up to eight radio stations in the same market. Click here to read Bill Moyers' interview with Craig Aaron about these rule changes.
  • Costa Rica President Chinchilla Signs the Declaration of Internet Freedom

    November 30, 2012
    Two years ago, the Costa Rica Constitutional Court declared that access to the Internet is a fundamental right. And earlier this year, Costa Rica President Laura Chinchilla gave a stirring speech in which she called the Internet "the hope of an integrated world without frontiers, a common world without controlling owners, a world of opportunities and equality." Now President Chinchilla has signed the Declaration of Internet Freedom.
  • Free Press Joins with Civil Rights Leaders to Oppose FCC’s Giveaway to Big Media

    November 29, 2012
    The chorus of opposition to the FCC’s secretive plan to gut media ownership limits is growing louder. On Wednesday, civil rights organizations, unions and public interest groups came together to show they are united against the FCC’s scheme.
  • Five Things You Should Know About the FCC’s Big Media Giveaway

    November 28, 2012

    The Federal Communications Commission is charging ahead with its plan to let Rupert Murdoch gobble up more media outlets. And we've just learned that the FCC may try to hold a secret vote to allow more media consolidation in the U.S. — possibly within the next two weeks.

    Murdoch has set his sights on the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune — the major papers in the nation's second- and third-largest cities (where, incidentally, he already owns several TV stations).

  • Don't Let Our Right to Privacy Expire

    November 27, 2012
    [UPDATED 11/29/12]: Great news: The Senate Judiciary Committee approved Sen. Patrick Leahy’s amendment to the Electronic Communications Privacy Act. The bill now requires government officials to obtain warrants before examining your online content. The legislation now goes on to the full Senate for a vote.
  • Give on Giving Tuesday

    November 27, 2012

    A day of national giving? Right on the heels of Black Friday and Cyber Monday? Free Press is in!

    Today we’re thrilled to be one of the more than 2,000 organizations from all 50 states that are participating in Giving Tuesday.

    The goal is straightforward: Inspire people to support the vast range of work being done to solve our nation’s toughest problems. At Free Press this means transforming the U.S. media system to put people first.

  • Beyond Big Bird

    November 27, 2012

    During the presidential campaign, Big Bird became a convenient symbol in the fight to defend public broadcasting. But behind all those feathers is a diverse network of people, organizations and communities that are creating a new generation of public media.

  • Guess Who's Coming to Denver?

    November 26, 2012
    I'm thrilled to be one of the thousands of people who will be in Denver next April to take a stand for free speech online, independent voices and media that serve the public. That's what the National Conference for Media Reform is all about — getting inspiration from fellow activists and fighting back against corporate media and technology giants that put profits over people.

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