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.

  • Attacking Lifeline for Political Gain

    May 2, 2013
    Too many members of Congress blame the poor for the country’s economic woes. It’s a way to score political points, especially when the poor are often synonymous with people of color.
  • L.A. Times Staffers May Quit If Kochs Are on Board

    May 1, 2013

    Half the staff at the Los Angeles Times would quit their jobs if the politically motivated Koch brothers bought the paper, the Huffington Post reports.

  • The Series of Tubes: Spying for Everyone!

    April 26, 2013
    Most weeks there’s more Internet-related news than people can handle. Given the constant flux, we at Free Press are taking a stab at listing, every Friday, the top five things you need to know about developments impacting Internet freedom.
  • Sinclair Broadcast Group: Bigger and Badder?

    April 26, 2013

    Today in fat-cat consolidation news comes a report that Sinclair Broadcast Group is on the verge of owning more TV stations in the U.S. than any other company.

  • Save the Lifeline Program

    April 25, 2013
    Today Jessica Gonzalez, the National Hispanic Media Coalition’s vice president of policy and legal affairs, testified before Congress about the Federal Communications Commission’s Lifeline program, which uses resources from the Universal Service Fund to ensure that every American can afford basic phone service.
  • 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.


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