Rating: 4.78 stars 72 reviews
Issues: Arts & Culture
Location: 40 Main St. Suite 301 Florence MA 01062 USA
Results: Over the past 10 years, Free Press has engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 900,000 members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open Internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories. • We exposed the companies messing with the open Internet and turned Net Neutrality — the principle that keeps the Internet free from discrimination — into a major issue discussed by the president, the press and millions of Web users. • We slowed runaway media consolidation, beating the FCC in court when it tried to gut media ownership rules and preventing Rupert Murdoch and the Koch brothers from expanding their empires. • We defeated numerous congressional attempts to cut funding for public broadcasting and passed legislation to create hundreds of new community radio stations. • We stopped the merger of AT&T and T-Mobile and defeated the SOPA/PIPA Web-censorship bills. • We united people from 130 countries around the Declaration of Internet Freedom and built broad coalitions to save the Internet and end unchecked surveillance. • We organized six National Conferences for Media Reform, bringing thousands of activists and advocates together. We also convened dozens of local hearings and events and held hundreds of public meetings with Washington officials. Free Press is celebrating more than 10 years of advocating for media that reflect the values of access, democracy, diversity, equality, freedom and openness. And we're just getting started!
Geographic areas served: the United States and beyond
Programs: • Save The Internet: We’re fighting to restore Net Neutrality — and put control of the Internet back in the hands of its users. •Fight for Media Diversity: We're analyzing media company mergers — like Comcast's bid to takeover Time Warner Cable — and mobilizing millions of people to demand that decision-makers act in the public interest. • Defend Press Freedom: We’re speaking out against attacks on journalists and protecting the First Amendment in the digital age. • StopWatching.Us: We’re at the center of a broad and diverse network of civil liberties groups working to rein in NSA spying. • Political Ad Transparency: We’re forcing political groups and broadcasters to come clean about who’s really behind attack ads. Want to know more about the impact Free Press' 900,000 members are making? Check out our 2013 Annual Report! http://www.freepress.net/2013-annual-report
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3 people found this review helpful
I have been on the board of around a dozen nonprofit organizations over the past 25 years. There is no doubt that Free Press is the best managed and organized group I have overseen. The waste factor is all but nonexistent. Every penny is spent like it has a manhole cover attached to it. Planning is taken seriously and strictly adhered to, allowing for necessary flexibility. Consequently the group has proven far more effective than scores of other groups that have equal or larger annual budgets. It is all about taking care of the work at hand and leaving the theatrics to others.
4 people found this review helpful
I first discovered Free Press about 10 years ago when I was working to get women's voices and opinions more widely included in the mainstream media, and found the organization to be an ally in seeking increased diversity in the media. I also worked with them in urging the Federal Elections Commission to block the increasing consolidation of the media that was resulting in a concentration of opinions and limiting the expression of opposing views.
As a proud board member of the organization for several years, I believe that Free Press' effective nationwide campaigns have been indispensable in building public demand to keep the internet "free and open" and to expand public media and independent journalism. What an effective and important organization!
1 person found this review helpful
Free Press is inclusive of all peoples including Native Americans. Media reform is not only complex but a huge challenge for Indian Country where our voice on the media and digital divides are often not heard. Free Press provides a critically important role by representing the interests of some of the most vulnerable and un-served populations in the United States on Communications and Telecommunications issues.
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Free Press is an effective advocate and game changer. Over the past few years, Free Press has be very successful in advocating for policy changes that effect the everyday lives of people.
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make certain that the organizations is financially sustainable for the long haul since changes to the media landscape, for example, will take years to address.
Thanks so much for the feedback! Having just attended the NAJA conference it's apparent to me how important media reform is for Indian Country and how valuable Free Press's work is in those communities. And I agree maintaining long-term financial sustainability is a challenge but having committed, engaged and supportive board members like you will help us to continue to progress in the right direction and make change to the media landscape no matter how long it takes. Cheers - Jessy