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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.

  • Different Channels, Same Election Coverage

    November 8, 2010

    On election night in Honolulu, a Honolulu resident recorded the coverage aired by her local TV news outlets. Although she kept changing the channel, the coverage was the same on every station. That’s because three of Honolulu’s TV stations are controlled by a single company, Raycom Media. The stations share a single newsroom and broadcast identical news coverage.

    Watch the video.

  • A Proposal to Subsidize Journalists, From Norway

    November 8, 2010

    Last week, Steve Coll of the New America Foundation wrote in the Columbia Journalism Review about the need to update our outdated media policy framework. As we consider his recommendations, it’s worth examining similar debates happening abroad.

  • Journalists' Role in 'Rebooting' Media Policy

    November 1, 2010

    The laws and regulations that shape journalism in America are like the 8-track cassettes of the media policy world: They still play, but they’re antiquated, inadequate and misaligned for our digital age. This is according to Steve Coll, president and CEO of the New America Foundation, who just published an extensive open letter in the Columbia Journalism Review to the head of the Federal Communication Commission’s "Future of Media" initiative.

  • Verizon Says 'Rule the Air', but Latinos say '¡Libera el Aire!'

    October 29, 2010

    Not everyone is buying Verizon’s “rule the air” rhetoric. Today, the Media Literacy Project, with the support of Latinos for Internet Freedom, launched a counter ad to Verizon’s “Prejudice” commercial.

  • The Attack on Public Media

    October 25, 2010

    Last week, former governor Sarah Palin called on Congress to cut all funds for National Public Radio. "It's time for Congress to defund this organization," Palin wrote after NPR fired analyst Juan Williams for comments he made disparaging Muslims on Fox News Channel.

    Palin set off a firestorm that spread from extreme right-wing blogs to Bill O'Reilly to Capitol Hill. Sen. Jim Demint (R - S.C.) announced plans to introduce legislation that slashes all funds to one of the last, best sources of journalism we have in America.

  • Defend Free Speech on the Internet

    October 21, 2010

    In 2006, America Online censored e-mails that referenced a blog entry questioning the company’s e-mail fee system.

  • Frightening Fake News

    October 20, 2010

    This Halloween, it’s not ghouls and goblins you should be afraid of; it’s an insidious fake news invasion, and it may be heading your way – if it’s not already in your midst.

    Alright, so that may be overly dramatic, but we should all be concerned with fake news and how it continues to spread in our communities despite years of public outcry. “Fake news” is advertising that is embedded in news segments and disguised as real news. The products and segments are never disclosed to the viewers as paid advertisements, and understaffed newsrooms all over the country are increasingly airing fake news because it saves them the time and expense of producing real news that serves the public interest.

  • Sen. Udall Supports Net Neutrality

    October 19, 2010

    Did you know Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) is an outspoken supporter of Net Neutrality?

  • Ten Ways Your Mobile Company Tried to Scr*w You in 2010

    October 7, 2010

    According to the Chinese calendar, it’s the year of the Golden Tiger. But for mobile users in the US, 2010 is the Year Wireless Carriers Tried to Screw You.

  • Net Neutrality is Ready for Action. Is the FCC?

    October 7, 2010

    It's put up or shut up time on Net Neutrality. That’s what Rob Pegoraro wrote in the Washington Post earlier this week.

    And he’s right.

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