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.

  • When the Internet Is Under Attack, Stand Up, Fight Back!

    November 20, 2013
    On Sat., Oct. 26, I traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate in the largest domestic protest against surveillance ever held. The diversity of voices and tactics coming together that weekend to fight mass surveillance gave me hope that this movement can gain enough momentum to challenge the online centralization of power.
  • Kittens, Clinton and Corsets: The Convention-Defying World of The Book of Jezebel

    November 19, 2013
    It’s not often that a book tackles topics as disparate as Anita Hill, the Real Housewives franchise and the early-ʼ80s corduroy knickers craze. But if you’ve been craving the ultimate cultural critique of those subjects, then you need look no further than The Book of Jezebel: An Illustrated Encyclopedia of Lady Things.
  • Justice Department Won't Prosecute Greenwald --- Not Now, at Least

    November 18, 2013
    A few weeks ago, Free Press delivered 78,000 petitions calling on Attorney General Eric Holder to protect press freedom and stop the harassment and intimidation of journalists.
  • Defying the Odds to Save the Internet

    November 18, 2013
    It’s rare to see a communications bill that actually serves the public. But a bill Sen. Jay Rockefeller introduced last week is a direct challenge to the cable cabal that controls video watching and Internet access in the United States.
  • The Faces of Social Media Censorship

    November 15, 2013
    Online news organization ProPublica just launched a special feature documenting censorship on social media in China. China's Memory Hole focuses on censorship of users of Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, which filters out “undesirable” content from the more than 100 million items posted daily.
  • CBS Is the Poster Child for Conflicts of Interest

    November 14, 2013
    This week, CBS’ 60 Minutes offered a tepid apology and half correction for its flawed reporting on the 2012 attacks on U.S. diplomatic facilities in Benghazi, Libya. The story, which aired in October, centered on a key witness, Dylan Davies, whose account of the attacks has since been discredited.
  • We Stopped SOPA ---- Let's Stop the TPP

    November 13, 2013
    The Trans-Pacific Partnership is a hush-hush trade pact that threatens millions of Internet users’ rights to connect and communicate.It would let corporations monitor our online activities, cut off our Internet access, delete content and impose fines.
  • Money Changes Everything

    November 12, 2013

    There are all kinds of villains in life. Mosquitoes. Bad-hair days. People who lean on their car horns even though there’s no possible way outside of a James Bond movie you could make that left-hand turn without risking your own life, or at least the life of your elderly car.

  • Why the FCC Matters

    November 7, 2013
    This week Tom Wheeler became the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. He comes to power at a unique moment: Net Neutrality is under attack in the courts, TV companies are finding sneaky new ways to consolidate, and phone and cable companies are pursuing a deregulatory agenda that could cut off essential communications services for millions.
  • Something's Happening to Local News

    November 7, 2013

    So far this year, 223 local TV stations have changed hands. This is the biggest wave of media consolidation ever — and it's all happening in small and mid-level markets, involving companies most people have never heard of.


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