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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.

  • Atlanta Turns Attention to Media Ownership

    December 2, 2011

    On Thursday, nearly 200 Atlantans gathered at Georgia Tech to talk media ownership. Federal Communications Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael Copps urged the people of Atlanta to demand better news, and to participate in debates about media ownership.

  • 40,000 People Call on U.S. Mayors to End Journalist Arrests

    December 1, 2011

    The number of journalists arrested at Occupy Wall Street events around the country just keeps climbing. After this week’s police raids on Occupy LA and Occupy Philly, the total number of journalists arrested is now up to 30. The arrests have spread across 10 cities from Oakland to Boston, Los Angeles to Atlanta.

    While the arrests are perhaps the worst examples of press suppression, other reports of police roughing up journalists or blocking them from reporting continue to roll in. Even in New York City, where the NYPD has ordered its officers not to interfere with press, journalists are still being harassed.

  • Don't Spy on Me

    December 1, 2011

    Are you being watched?

    A researcher just discovered a hidden application that records what millions of people write, view and search for on their mobile phones. It sends all of that data to a company no one’s ever heard of. And we have no idea what that company is doing with our information.

    Sounds like 1984. But it’s happening in 2011.

  • End the Big Broadcast Swindle

    November 30, 2011

    Television and radio broadcasters get to use our public airwaves for free. It’s a great deal … for them, at least. For the rest of us, it’s just another corporate giveaway.

    These broadcasters rake in billions in profits using our public property. And what do we the public get from them in return? Next to nothing.

  • Public Broadcasters Bear More Than Their Fair Share

    November 30, 2011

    Many have argued that in these tough economic times everyone should share the pain of budget cuts. Yet our recent report on state funding of public broadcasting found that in many states public broadcasters are being forced to shoulder more than their fair share of the burden.

  • AT&T Gambles and Again Loses

    November 29, 2011

    Last Tuesday, the FCC called for an "administrative hearing" on the AT&T/T-Mobile merger that signaled the agency’s opposition to the deal.

  • Don't Let Them Censor the Internet

    November 29, 2011

    The Senate will soon vote on a bill that would let big corporations censor websites at will.

    The bill — the Protect IP Act, or PIPA (S. 968) — is intended to stop online copyright piracy (just like SOPA, its cousin in the House). But PIPA’s authority is so broad it would give corporations unprecedented power to abuse our Internet freedoms.

  • America Deserves a Government That Works

    November 23, 2011

    As I sit down to write this post, the congressional job-approval rating is hovering around 12 percent. It has been for the past three months.

  • No Way, AT&T

    November 22, 2011

    The Wall Street Journal just reported that FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski is moving to join the Department of Justice in rejecting AT&T's proposed takeover of T-Mobile.

    Genachowski will reportedly call for an "administrative hearing" in tandem with the DoJ's suit to block the merger. This signals that the prospects for approval of this merger are next to none.

    "It's rare for the FCC to seek an administrative hearing on merger deals like this," reports the Journal. "The last time the agency did this was in 2002 on the proposed merger of EchoStar and DirecTV. The companies eventually pulled the deal."

  • Media Consolidation: The Illusion of Choice

    November 22, 2011

    Big broadcasters want to expand their market influence, cut jobs and slash local news coverage. They have an opening — the Federal Communications Commission is currently reviewing all of its media ownership rules. These rules determine how many media outlets a corporation can own, and broadcasters are angling for fewer restrictions at the expense of our communities’ need for vital news and information. Just as the fight is heating up, blogger the Frugal Dad reminds us just how much power and influence broadcasters already have. Check out the infographic, then take action

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