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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.

  • What's Wrong With the Justice Department's New Press Freedom Guidelines

    July 15, 2013
    Last Friday, the Justice Department released revised guidelines governing the Department’s interactions with the press. Attorney General Eric Holder conducted the review in response to the news that the DoJ had obtained the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors and the emails of a Fox News reporter.
  • The Series of Tubes: The Good, the Bad and the Absurd

    July 15, 2013
    The past two weeks have been fully of juicy news — some good, some bad and some just plain silly. Here are a few stories that caught our attention. In the mix: a popular nationwide protest, a site that reveals what our metadata looks like to the National Security Agency and George Orwell's “telescreen” brought to life.
  • Creators of Color Ditch Cable for the Internet

    July 12, 2013
    Imagine stopping by Barnes & Noble to pick up a book for your niece. You search around for a book by a woman of color. When you finally choose one, the store insists you buy 11 other novels along with it.
  • The New Jersey News Desert

    July 12, 2013
    In recent years the news coverage on WWOR-TV in New Jersey got so bad that local residents started a campaign to have the Federal Communications Commission take away the station’s broadcast license. They don’t have to worry anymore because the station just canceled its remaining newscast.
  • Workers' Free Speech Rights Under Threat

    July 12, 2013
    When Mariana Cole-Rivera posted a question on Facebook about her workplace, she got fired. Four colleagues at Hispanics United of Buffalo who had responded to her post were also dismissed.
  • Why Is My Cable Bill So High?

    July 11, 2013
    In May, I graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a journalism degree and a mountain of student loan debt. My roommates and I are careful about sticking to a budget — and every month we’re left wondering why our cable bill is so high.
  • The Tribune Company Splits in Two

    July 10, 2013
    Just days after announcing a major acquisition of 19 television stations, the Tribune Company has said it will spin off eight of its newspapers into a new entity called the Tribune Publishing Company.
  • Thousands Protest to Restore the Fourth

    July 10, 2013
    On July 4, an estimated 20,000 protesters took to the streets across the country in defense of the Fourth Amendment — and in response to the revelations about the National Security Agency's spying programs.
  • Creators of Color Ditch Cable for the Internet

    July 10, 2013
    Imagine stopping by Barnes & Noble to pick up a book for your niece. You search around for a book by a woman of color. But when you finally choose one, the store insists you buy 11 other novels along with it.
  • Obama: Like Nixon, But Worse

    July 3, 2013
    Is Barack Obama like Richard Nixon? Until recently that pairing seemed odd. Obama and Nixon are leaders from different generations, leading different parties with distinctly different styles.

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