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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.

  • 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.

  • U.K. Criminalizing Journalism Under Anti-Terror Laws

    November 6, 2013
    In court documents the U.K. government submitted last week, authorities accused Miranda, who is the partner of journalist Glenn Greenwald, of terrorism and espionage for transporting documents between Greenwald and journalist Laura Poitras.
  • The Culture of Surveillance

    November 5, 2013
    On Oct. 26, thousands of people from across the U.S. attended the Stop Watching Us rally. But while the NSA was the rally’s official target, mass surveillance of innocent people has been a problem for years.
  • Panelists Say Surveillance Is Nothing New for Communities of Color

    November 1, 2013
    The latest revelations about NSA spying did not surprise the activists of color taking part in a recent panel discussion on government surveillance.
  • NSA Chief Keith Alexander Slams Reporters

    November 1, 2013
    Gen. Keith Alexander, the embattled NSA director, says it's “wrong” for reporters to cover the NSA and Edward Snowden's leaks.
  • Setting the Record Straight on Protecting Acts of Journalism

    October 31, 2013
    This week, media lawyer Kurt Wimmer misrepresented a number of key points I made in a recent report for Free Press.
  • What Ted Cruz Doesn't Want You to Know

    October 28, 2013
    By now it seems pretty clear that Sen. Ted Cruz has a plan to occupy the White House. But he doesn’t want people to know too much about it.
  • We Rallied to Stop the Spying

    October 26, 2013
    More than 3,000 people rallied in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to the NSA's mass surveillance.

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