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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.

  • Thousands Protest to Restore the Fourth

    July 10, 2013
    On July 4, an estimated 20,000 protesters took to the streets across the country in defense of the Fourth Amendment — and in response to the revelations about the National Security Agency's spying programs.
  • Creators of Color Ditch Cable for the Internet

    July 10, 2013
    Imagine stopping by Barnes & Noble to pick up a book for your niece. You search around for a book by a woman of color. But when you finally choose one, the store insists you buy 11 other novels along with it.
  • Obama: Like Nixon, But Worse

    July 3, 2013
    Is Barack Obama like Richard Nixon? Until recently that pairing seemed odd. Obama and Nixon are leaders from different generations, leading different parties with distinctly different styles.
  • John Cusack, Free Press, StopWatching.Us and Restore the Fourth Demand End to NSA Spying

    July 2, 2013

    A few of the organizations behind the StopWatching.Us campaign and an organizer of the Restore the Fourth rallies happening across the country on July 4 held a press conference today on the public response to NSA spying and surveillance programs.

  • Local TV Mergers Leave Communities with Less

    July 1, 2013

    With news today that the Tribune Company has agreed to acquire 19 television stations from Local TV Holdings LLC, making it one of the largest TV station owners in the nation, we are seeing a dramatic escalation of media consolidation.

  • Acts of Journalism and the Espionage Act

    July 1, 2013
    Earlier this month, federal prosecutors filed a formal criminal complaint against Edward Snowden, charging him with three felonies for leaking information about the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs to Glenn Greenwald at the Guardian and Barton Gellman at the Washington Post. Two of those charges were filed under the 1917 Espionage Act.
  • Free Press Pushes the Justice Department to Respect Journalists' Rights

    June 28, 2013
    In June, before the National Security Agency surveillance story broke, everyone was talking about the Justice Department’s secret collection of phone records from Associated Press journalists and editors — and the Department’s classification of one Fox News journalist as an accomplice in a leak that he had reported on.
  • Our Freedom to Connect

    June 27, 2013
    It’s been three weeks since the National Security Agency’s spying scandal erupted — and millions are outraged. Nearly everyone gets it: Individual freedom and social justice simply cannot survive in a surveillance state.
  • Restore the Fourth!

    June 27, 2013
    Whistleblower Edward Snowden’s leaks about the National Security Agency’s spying programs exposed extensive violations of Americans’ Fourth Amendment rights — and of the right to privacy established in numerous Supreme Court decisions. These leaks have also prompted the reddit community to fight back.
  • Turn It Up: Join the Community Radio Revolution

    June 26, 2013
    I love radio. And when I say I love radio, I mean I love the sweet left end of the dial — that haven of independent programming and public radio stations.

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