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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.

  • Media Ownership Rules Go to Court

    February 24, 2011

    Remember back in 2007 when the Federal Communications Commission voted to lift the 35-year-old ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership? We do, too. In fact, how could we forget; the impacts of years of media consolidation are all around us as newspapers slash staff and TV stations air fluff.

    We thought the FCC’s decision was so egregious that we took them to court, and today Free Press and the non-profit organization Media Access Project (MAP) are presenting oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

  • House Eliminates Public Broadcasting Funds in 2011 Budget

    February 19, 2011

    Early Saturday morning the House voted to eliminate funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the institution responsible for distributing federal funds that support 1,300 local public broadcasting stations. The cuts were made as part of a larger budget bill targeting cuts of more than $60 billion in federal funding to numerous public programs. The fight now moves to the Senate.

  • FCC Expands Investigation of Fox Station

    February 18, 2011

    This week, the efforts of a New jersey citizen media watchdog group are yielding results in Washington, and local Fox station WWOR is facing some tough questions. The Federal Communications Commission is expanding their investigation of WWOR for allegedly lying to the agency about their local programming and staffing of the Seacaucus, NJ station.

    These days, broadcasters don’t lose much sleep over the license renewal process. Once every eight years, stations simply put a postcard in the mail to renew their right to use the public airwaves—what used to be an opportunity for community input and evaluation has become a simple rubberstamp process.

  • Free Speech Online UnderAttack

    February 17, 2011

    Yesterday, Republicans in Congress introduced a "resolution" in both chambers that would give phone and cable companies absolute, unrestricted power over Internet speech.

  • New Study Finds Investment in Public Media Leads to Better News

    February 17, 2011

    Public media is under attack in Washington, but a new report by Rodney Benson and Matthew Powers of New York University examines how expanding, not cutting, federal funding can actually promote quality, independent journalism.

    Public Media and Political Independence: Lessons for the Future of Journalism from Around the World was released Tuesday during a panel discussion that featured several prominent media scholars and journalists.

  • Free Press Congratulates Electronic Frontier Foundation on 21 Years of Service

    February 16, 2011

    Free Press wishes to offer our congratulations and thanks to EFF for their work on behalf of the American public.

  • PBS Cameraman: Leave Our Funding Intact

    February 16, 2011

    As we all know, we’re facing difficult decisions in how to deal with our nation’s federal deficit. We’re also in the midst of a journalism crisis. 

    Some lawmakers have suggested that now is the opportune time to cut federal funding for public broadcasting, and tomorrow, many may vote to do so. My experience interacting with the public every day suggests this would be a grave mistake.

    I have been working for the past six years as a videographer producing content for UNC-TV, North Carolina's state-wide PBS network. The communities we serve depend on us to provide truth in journalism, life changing educational content and crucial information every day. 

  • Members of Congress Join One Million Americans to Take a Stand for Public Media

    February 16, 2011

    Public media isn’t our politicians’ plaything; it’s our nation’s mainstay for crucial news and diverse and alternative programming. And while a few lawmakers are fervently calling to gut funding for public media, many others are bellowing back that we must protect America’s public media.

    The House of Representatives’ proposed budget entirely guts funding for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Members of the House will vote on the budget tomorrow.

  • Does Secretary Clinton Have a Double Standard on Internet Freedom?

    February 15, 2011

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday highlighted new U.S. Internet freedom policy that is designed to help democracy movements gain access to open networks and speak out against authoritarian regimes.

    According to Clinton, the program will provide $25 million in new grants to support "technologists and activists working at the cutting edge of the fight against Internet repression."

  • Congressmen Urge State Department to Investigate Internet Spying Company

    February 11, 2011

    Since we broke the story on Jan. 28 that the U.S. company Narus has been selling Internet spying software to Egypt, members of Congress and other government officials have become increasingly alarmed -- and some are even calling for investigations.

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