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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.

  • Everything You Wanted to Know About the DoJ/AP Controversy

    May 15, 2013
    The story of how the Justice Department secretly obtained journalists’ phone records is developing quickly. Here is an overview of the issues.
  • Free Press Joins Major News Organizations in Pushing the Government to Explain Itself

    May 14, 2013

    Free Press joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and major news organizations in calling on the Justice Department to return the phone records it secretly obtained from more than 100 journalists.

  • Stop the Justice Department's Attack on Press Freedom

    May 14, 2013

    It was just revealed that the Justice Department secretly obtained a huge cache of phone records from reporters and editors at the Associated Press. The AP has called this a “massive and unprecedented” violation of journalists’ constitutional right to gather and report the news.

    But this is not just a journalists’ issue. It’s a democratic issue that has implications for all Americans.

  • Combating the Cable Cabal

    May 14, 2013

    Two decades ago, something unusual happened.

    Consumers were irate about their cable bills, which were increasing at nearly three times the rate of inflation. And Congress actually did something — adopting in overwhelmingly bipartisan fashion the 1992 Cable Act. The law resulted in lower cable bills, saving consumers $3 billion in just over a year’s time.

  • The Series of Tubes: Unlock Everything

    May 10, 2013

    Want to learn how to be a better online spy? Curious to see a very brief history of the Internet? Tired of all those TV spoilers from your Twitter feed? Read on. 

    Also: Whatever you do, do NOT click that last link at the bottom. It might ruin your weekend.

  • Newspaper Readers Speak Out Against the Kochs

    May 9, 2013

    Opposition to the Koch brothers’ reported plan to take over the eight Tribune Company newspapers has spread from activist groups, unions, lawmakers and journalism advocates to the readers of these papers.

  • All for One and One for All

    May 8, 2013
    Imagine for a moment if 50 percent of America’s media was noncommercial. How would that change whose stories got told and which issues got debated? How would it shape access to information or the role of arts and education in our homes and communities?
  • Internet Uncertainty

    May 6, 2013
    When asked whether the Internet has been a force for good or evil, Zeynep Tufekci likes to answer “Yes.”
  • Phoenix Rising

    May 6, 2013

    The death of the Boston Phoenix hit Free Press hard.

    As an organization working to protect independent media, we feel the loss of any publication or outlet. But this felt different. 

  • The Series of Tubes: The First Website EVER

    May 3, 2013
    In the second installment of “The Series of Tubes,” we bring you more far-flung facts from across the webosphere. We celebrated the anniversary of the first website EVER, the pro-Net Neutrality vote from Verizon shareholders and a man who had the fortitude to spend one year away from the Internet.

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