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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.

  • Protests, Marches and Picnics on Tap for '1984 Day'

    August 2, 2013
    The leaders of the grassroots coalition Restore the Fourth think the NSA’s recently revealed activities bear an eerie resemblance to Orwell's vision. They've declared this Sunday “1984 Day” and have called for activists around the country to join them for a day of protests, marches and even picnics.
  • Criminalizing Journalism: Manning, Media and You

    August 1, 2013
    While many journalists are relieved that Bradley Manning was acquitted of the charge that he aided the enemy, we shouldn't forget how hard the government pushed for that conviction.
  • Google Reserves the Right to Be Evil

    July 31, 2013
    What's really worrisome is Google's gradual but unmistakable shift away from the principles of openness and innovation it once championed. Google might not be evil yet, but it's reserving the right to go there.
  • If It Looks Like a Merger and It Quacks Like a Merger …

    July 31, 2013
    Last week Free Press and other public interest groups filed a legal challenge to Gannett's deal to buy 20 Belo TV stations. And on Monday, we learned that this wave of TV mergers is only accelerating.
  • Free Press Activists Discuss NSA Spying with Rep. Lofgren

    July 29, 2013
    When I was growing up, I loved dystopian stories where the protagonists fought against “The Man.” The omniscient but shadowy enemy was always all-seeing and all-knowing, a seemingly indomitable foe.
  • The Series of Tubes: A Watershed Moment

    July 26, 2013
    The biggest news of the week was the near-victory of an amendment in the House of Representatives that would have defunded the National Security Agency's bulk phone-data-collection program.
  • Free Press to FCC: Block the Gannett-Belo Merger

    July 25, 2013
    In the last few months, a wave of mergers has threatened to further erode the already sad state of local TV news around the country. Well, we aren’t standing for it. On Wednesday, Free Press filed official paperwork to block Gannett’s acquisition of 20 TV stations from Belo.
  • AT&T, Verizon and the NSA: Suspicious Silence

    July 24, 2013
    UPDATE: Rep. Justin Amash's amendment to the defense appropriations bill, which would have cut funding for the National Security Agency's phone-record-collection program, just lost by a vote of 217–205. Don't be upset — this is an AMAZING moment.
  • Does This Media Coverage Make Me Look Fat?

    July 23, 2013
    Ladies, if you’re thinking of running for office, remember to get your hair done first.
  • The Series of Tubes: Surveillance Blues

    July 19, 2013
    Surveillance again dominated the news this week. Members of Congress started speaking up about the National Security Agency’s spying programs, lawsuits piled up on the NSA's doormat and a couple of hackers turned a Verizon signal booster into a personal wiretapper.

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