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.

  • A Change Has Finally Come

    August 9, 2013
    Amazing news: The Federal Communications Commission is ending the out-of-control pricing on prison phone calls. For years, the high cost of these calls made it difficult — sometimes impossible — for families to stay in touch.
  • The Series of Tubes: Nihilists and Anarchists and Activists, Oh My!

    August 9, 2013
    It's easy to become numb to the ever-worsening trickle of news relating to the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance programs. That's understandable — but the Series of Tubes is here to help you stay vigilant.
  • Stephen Colbert for King of the Universe

    August 8, 2013

    OK, enough goofing around, enough speculating about Hillary and Joe and Mitt and Rick and Boo the Dog. It doesn’t matter who runs for president in 2016, because by then we’ll have Stephen Colbert as the ultimate ruler of all known and unknown mammals, amphibians, reptiles, fish, crustaceans and creepy-crawlies.

  • Making Collaboration Work: Two Models

    August 7, 2013
    Collaboration is becoming a fundamental part of how journalism is done. That’s evident in the announcement that PBS’ Frontline is creating a “collaboration desk” to manage and expand its partnership with other news organizations.
  • The Journalism Shield Law: How We Got Here

    August 6, 2013
    Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee began debate on the Free Flow of Information Act — otherwise known as the Shield Law — but discussions ground to a halt when lawmakers couldn’t reach a consensus on who counts as a journalist.
  • Clear Channel Yanks Ads for Women's Health Center

    August 2, 2013
    There are a handful of things that make me want to curse like my mother and last week two of them collided.
  • Protests, Marches and Picnics on Tap for '1984 Day'

    August 2, 2013
    The leaders of the grassroots coalition Restore the Fourth think the NSA’s recently revealed activities bear an eerie resemblance to Orwell's vision. They've declared this Sunday “1984 Day” and have called for activists around the country to join them for a day of protests, marches and even picnics.
  • Criminalizing Journalism: Manning, Media and You

    August 1, 2013
    While many journalists are relieved that Bradley Manning was acquitted of the charge that he aided the enemy, we shouldn't forget how hard the government pushed for that conviction.
  • Google Reserves the Right to Be Evil

    July 31, 2013
    What's really worrisome is Google's gradual but unmistakable shift away from the principles of openness and innovation it once championed. Google might not be evil yet, but it's reserving the right to go there.
  • If It Looks Like a Merger and It Quacks Like a Merger …

    July 31, 2013
    Last week Free Press and other public interest groups filed a legal challenge to Gannett's deal to buy 20 Belo TV stations. And on Monday, we learned that this wave of TV mergers is only accelerating.


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