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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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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