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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.

  • It Isn't Partisan to Fight for Local Journalism

    April 24, 2013

    This week Free Press launched a campaign asking the Tribune Company not to sell its eight major daily newspapers to the Koch brothers, the billionaires notorious for funding a range of far-right causes.

  • Koch News Is Bad News

    April 23, 2013

    What do you get two billionaire brothers who already have everything?

    Over the years, Charles and David Koch have financed a vast organizing network, including Americans for Prosperity, that amplifies their extreme anti-environment, anti-labor and anti-democracy views.

  • Financial Advisers for Net Neutrality

    April 22, 2013
    This week ISS Proxy Advisory Services — a leading advisor to institutional investors — recommended that its clients vote for a shareholder proposal urging Verizon to issue a report on the risks of opposing Net Neutrality. This is great news.
  • Boston

    April 19, 2013

    Our thoughts are with our allies, friends and families in Boston.

    Like you, we've been watching the news very carefully. We've often been disappointed and disheartened by what we've seen. Some news outlets have broken their public trust by pushing out misinformation, rushing to judgment, or participating in rampant speculation. At a moment when our communities need reliable, trusted information, we have been left with rumors and falsehoods.

  • CISPA Passes in the House

    April 18, 2013
    The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) — the bill that would obliterate our privacy laws and chill free expression online — just passed in the House.
  • CISPA Vote This Afternoon

    April 17, 2013
    Congress could vote on CISPA as early as this afternoon. That means we have only a few hours to call our representatives and demand a “NO” vote on this privacy-killing bill.
  • A Privacy-Killing Surveillance Machine

    April 15, 2013
    Imagine if Facebook, Google and Twitter built a privacy-killing surveillance machine to help the federal government spy on us. If Congress passes the Cybersecurity Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) this week (the same CISPA that withered in Congress last year), we’ll be one step closer to that nightmare.
  • The Global Fight for Better Media

    April 11, 2013
    At the National Conference for Media Reform, one thing was clear to those of us who attended from abroad: This conference might need a new name. Media reform is not just a national concern, but an issue that crosses borders and affects communities around the world.
  • Saturday Rocked. So Will Sunday!

    April 7, 2013
    Where else but at the National Conference for Media Reform can you hear panelists in one room discussing drone warfare in Afghanistan and in another debating the relative merits of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman?
  • Anything Can Happen

    April 6, 2013

    Those who've visited the Conference Commons might have noticed a potted fern meandering around. And this fern doesn’t just walk — no, it also talks (about Net Neutrality, among other matters) as it senses people approaching.

    The Commons is, indeed, a place where anything can happen.

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