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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.

  • 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.
  • When Personalized Becomes Predatory

    July 18, 2013
    Corporations don’t just hand over your personal information to the government — they also sell it to advertisers, and make a hefty profit in return.
  • Journalism Needs More Than a Media Shield Law --- It Needs a Movement

    July 18, 2013
    According to the First Amendment Center’s new survey, freedom of speech is Americans’ favorite First Amendment right. Press freedom, however, came in dead last.
  • Chasing Profits in TV News

    July 17, 2013
    On Tuesday, I took part in a discussion at the NJ News Commons about the future of local news in New Jersey and beyond. Exhibit A was Fox’s decision to replace WWOR’s evening newscast with Chasing New Jersey, a TV newsmagazine modeled after the celebrity gossip show TMZ.
  • What's Wrong With the Justice Department's New Press Freedom Guidelines

    July 15, 2013
    Last Friday, the Justice Department released revised guidelines governing the Department’s interactions with the press. Attorney General Eric Holder conducted the review in response to the news that the DoJ had obtained the phone records of Associated Press reporters and editors and the emails of a Fox News reporter.

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