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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.

  • Mixed Messages from Tom Wheeler

    December 3, 2013
    New Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler gave his first major speech on Monday. He described himself as an “an unabashed supporter of competition.” That’s big news since the FCC hasn’t taken the c-word seriously in quite a while.
  • Things We're NOT Thankful For

    December 2, 2013
    It’s December ... so let the end-of-year madness begin! There’s a whole lot to be thankful for this year, but the list of things we could do without is just as long. (Maybe even longer.)
  • Hey FCC, Come Visit Me!

    November 26, 2013
    Here’s something to be thankful for: Tom Wheeler, the new Federal Communications Commission chairman, is saying he’s all about representing the people — and not big industry.
  • The Need for Listening and Empathy in Journalism

    November 26, 2013
    Two recent blog posts raise this question: Just how often do news organizations actually listen to their communities?
  • The Deadly Cost of News

    November 21, 2013
    In 2010, we set out to make the documentary Killing the Messenger: The Deadly Cost of News. As we began researching, one thing became clear: There are often no consequences for those who persecute journalists.
  • Round Two for the Web We Want

    November 21, 2013
    The Web We Want campaign, a collaboration between Free Press and the World Wide Web Foundation, recently announced its second round of small-grant recipients. Winning applicants come from around the world and are on the front lines of a range of important issues.
  • Go Bigger, Get Louder

    November 20, 2013
    We just hit a major milestone: the big 1-0. That’s right: Free Press is celebrating its first double-digit birthday!
  • 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.

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