Press Releases

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Recent press releases are below. You may download our media kit here.

  • Pappas Telecasting: the next Sinclair

    October 26, 2004

    Washington – In an unprecedented move, media giant Pappas Telecasting, with TV and radio stations across the nation, is giving $325,000 worth of air time for GOP candidates in many of California’s closest legislative races. Pappas television stations reach over 44 million Americans nationwide; about 15% of the U.S. population.

  • Sinclair backpedals under weight of public pressure

    October 20, 2004

    Washington - Sinclair today responded to public opposition to their plans to air an anti-Kerry documentary days before the election by denying they ever intended to air it.

  • International outcry against Indymedia server seizure

    October 14, 2004

    [Washington] - Free Press today issued a statement of support for Indymedia, an independent online news network with over 140 local affiliates, whose servers were seized last week in an international police operation of questionable legality. Free Press joins a growing number of prominent groups calling for a full independent investigation into the police action.

  • Report blasts Sinclair abuse of power

    October 11, 2004

    Washington – As Sinclair Broadcasting Group—the largest owner of local television stations in the U.S.—orders its nationwide affiliates to preempt regular programming to air an anti-Kerry documentary, Free Press is releasing a new report (available at www.sinclairwatch.org) that cites several Sinclair business practices that are reprehensible at best and illegal at worst.

  • Media reform org. launches 'Debating for Ratings' comic short

    October 7, 2004

    Washington – Free Press launched a comic web-based flash animation today (www.debatingforratings.com) that underscores the media’s failings in covering the 2004 presidential election and the overall decline in quality journalism. “Media’s role in elections has been reduced to a barrage of political ads and pundits talking about polls, strategy, spin and superficialities.

  • Public interest groups decry shortcomings of "Save Lives" digital transition act

    September 21, 2004

    [Open Letter Submitted to Members of Senate Commerce Committee from Free Press and Consumer Federation of America]

    Dear Senator,

  • FCC Commissioners attend Town Hall Meeting in Dearborn

    September 15, 2004

    Dearborn, MI – Over 300 citizens joined Federal Communications Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps at last night’s Town Meeting on the Future of Media at the Ford Center of the Performing Arts in Dearborn.

  • Over 500 pack FCC hearing in Monterey

    July 22, 2004

    Washington – Over 500 people waited in long lines for an opportunity to voice their opposition to government policies favoring big media corporations Wednesday night. The Monterey Herald, under the headline “Commissioners get an earful from public,” wrote, “It was a bad night for Big Media ...

  • FCC Chairman Powell is AWOL -- Again

    July 21, 2004

    Washington – Federal Communications Commissioner Chairman Michael Powell says a “scheduling conflict” will prevent him from attending today’s official FCC Localism hearing in Monterey, California. Powell himself called for the hearing – one of six nationwide – after millions of Americans decried last year’s attempt to gut media ownership rules.

  • In Major Victory for Localism and Diversity, Federal Court Overturns FCC Decision on Media Ownership

    June 24, 2004

    (Washington) - Calling it "an historic victory toward protecting diverse, independent and local media," Free Press today applauded the decision by the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's dramatic loosening of media ownership rules. The court's ruling in the case, Prometheus Radio Project v.

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