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Causes: Civil Rights, Journalism

Mission: Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. We're working to create a world where people have the information and opportunities they need to tell their own stories, hold leaders accountable, and participate in our democracy. We fight to save the free and open internet, curb runaway media consolidation, protect press freedom, and ensure diverse voices are represented in our media.

Results: Free Press and its allied 501(c)4 organization, Free Press Action Fund, have engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 1.4 million members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories. For more on our accomplishments and impact to date, please see our reports at www.freepress.net/about

Geographic areas served: the United States

Programs: • Internet Freedom: We’re fighting to defend Net Neutrality — and make the internet more accessible and affordable for its users. •Fight for Media Diversity: We're analyzing media company mergers — 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. • News Voices: We're helping communities improve local journalism to better respond to their need for information. • Curb Mass Surveillance: We’re at the center of a broad and diverse network of civil liberties groups working to rein in unchecked government spying.

Community Stories

112 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am rating and writing from the viewpoint of a volunteer. This is one of the best organizations to volunteer for. The staff is supportive, communicative, listens to ideas and concerns, and basically treats us as part of the team. Free Press is also really great about acknowledging volunteers' efforts. The work Free Press is doing to protect a free media, the internet, and to expand the voices of communities is incredibly important if we are to have a democracy. They are making a difference. Adding to this review as we near the end of the year because I feel that Alison Brzenchek, Campaign Organizer & Mellon/ACLS Public Fellow, deserves special notice. Alison has consistently supported, challenged, and included volunteers in her campaigns from start to finish. Largely because of Alison's passion, I am looking forward to participating in the new initiatives from Free Press and Alison that are building community and coalitions on the ground, on college campuses, and in the technology sector.

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slongsmith Thank you, Jacqui, for all of your hard work! It's fantastic to have you working by our side. Go TI!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Free Press' Team Internet (which fights to protect Net Neutrality). So, I can attest to their work with this cause.

This organization's group has shown to very effective in increasing the awareness of the cause, getting supporters to attend town halls/in-district events in their areas, and conveying the message for a free and open internet to congress members. This can be attributed to its inclusive, collaborative structure, and the fact that there are different tasks that volunteers can help with and they have the freedom to suggests better strategies to improve the outcome of the volunteers' efforts.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

Free Press is a Washington, DC lobbying shop that lobbies for the corporations that directly and indirectly support it. It does not lobby for "civil rights" but rather for corporate interests - primarily those of large Internet monopolies such as Google, Netflix, and Facebook, which channel "dark money" to it through foundations and opaque 501(c)(4)s. It is a fake "public interest" group and should be stripped of its nonprofit status.

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slongsmith 07/18/2018

Free Press lobbies on behalf of the public interest within IRS allowable limits. Free Press and Free Press Action do not accept money from business, government or political parties so that we can remain independent and working on behalf of the public interest. We only accept donations from individuals and charitable foundations. Our audited financial statements and IRS 990 filings are available on our website. Our campaigns often work to hold large media and tech platforms accountable to the public interest.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been volunteering through this nonprofit for the past several weeks. I've found them to be very effective and responsive to suggestions for changes to their outreach campaigns. Their system for texting to organizing community efforts is easy to use and allows for genuine interactions with the targeted market.

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Donor

Rating: 1

I used to support this organization with both my time and money until it became abundantly clear that they are in fact a highly partisan and politically driven organization that is really just anti-corporate and highly liberal.

I fully support freedom of press and of free speech. To their credit some of their work has been great, including most of their work on Net Neutrality, however it's clearly not for the reason of promoting freedom of information.

They showed their true colors to me in their efforts, that they openly brag about to get companies to drop support for the Republican National Convention, due to Donald Trump's "Hateful Rhetoric". That stance is a polar opposite to the ideals of free speech and free press. I am not a member of the RNC, nor a huge fan of Trump. But I will absolutely defend anyone's right to say unpopular things they believe.

Any organization that claims to support free speech and free press needs to support this freedom regardless of the personal likes or dislikes of some of its leaders. For this reason, I have ended my support and would give this group a very low rating.

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Donor

Rating: 5

A fair study of the mass media in the USA and many allied 'western democracies' documents and reveals there is little or no functional "freedom of the press" in any form of corporate owned news media. Even nominally public media like NPR and PBS broadcast the same talking points issued by the same government agencies and secretive think tanks distributed to all the common news 'talking heads' and text 'outlets' in the parlance. Any so called embedded journalist is also a controlled journalist. So the only independent news and information available is via small non-commercial publications, pod casts and web sites. Free Press is one of the organizations I value for supporting honest local, national and international news. Free Press also features political action drives to help fact based news inform public policy and promote the protections in the First Amendment for all citizens.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I discovered Free Press in it's earliest days and was thrilled to find a group of folks who care about public media. Since then, I have tried to support it financially whenever I could. I also do my part to speak out against media consolidation issues and anything else they bring to my attention. Better yet, I teach my college students about FP every semester and make them spend time on the website. Hopefully this educates them to the important issues that FP advocates for. And I hope I am modeling conscientious citizenship for them as well.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I began contributing to Free Press out of concern over net neutrality. This is a fundamental free speech issue these days, but I did not expect much success given the strength of the forces arrayed against net neutrality. Free Press actually won important battles. I continue to support them, because threats to net neutrality and free speech in general are not over. We need Free Press.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I initially became a Free Press monthly supporter because they were fighting for net neutrality. I will continue my support, and hope others will too, because corporations are eliminating the competition, giving us just what big business wants us to know

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've made sporadic donations to the Free Press for maybe five years now, and about a year ago I switched to making a (small) monthly donation. They have produced reports on a variety of topics which I consider important and valuable. They spend the extra time and energy to dig into these stories, and to keep people informed on issues such as net neutrality.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

In the spectrum of media reform / media watchdog organizations, Free Press is tied with the Center for Media and Democracy for my top spot, and in terms of net neutrality, it is hands-down number one. I've been a donor for several years and will continue to support them as long as there are media-related policy issues that affect our lives. I rely on them to do the research and advocacy work that I don't have time to do myself, and they never fail to deliver.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I've supported Free Press for many years. They are are one of the very best and unfortunately very few organizations working to improve the quality of media in our beleaguered democracy. The 4th estate is being swallowed whole by huge multi-national corporations who use their immense financial clout to buy the FCC deregulation and Congressional legislation that permits them to keep growing. Free Press is helping to expose what's going on and stem that tide. This is a fight we must win...failure is not an option.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I give a small monthly donation to support their work, and they are excellent at keeping me informed about what they are doing and how I can support them in non-monetary ways as well. Free Press is working on crucial issues of our time, because these issues influence the ability to be able to have a functioning democracy. Also, I've attended their National Conference on Media Reform and found it to be an intellectually stimulating and motivating experience.

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Donor

Rating: 5

I rely on Free Press to help keep me up-to-date on current media policy questions. I have also attended two of the "National Conference(s) on Media Reform," sponsored by Free Press, and have found them to be extremely informative, energizing, and very well organized. I give a monthly donation to this group, and am planning to up the amount because I am so pleased with their work.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Excellent work, important issues, affecting change.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Internet started surging ibto homes as I was growing up and I always saw it as a free system. A tool to share information and ideas. Now, moneyed interests are jeopardizing the freedom of that system for their own profits. Free Press is making a stand against that and I'm glad they are.

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Donor

Rating: 5

As retreated Canadian, I joyfully watch with this very advised leader team for press freedom and right of speech everywhere ! Long life to Free Press !

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Donor

Rating: 4

I trust Free Press to say what it does and do what it says. I have a lot of confidence in Free Press' efficiency, goals, and integrity. I particularly appreciate the accuracy and specifity of the messages they post. Lots of "good causes" deal with complex issues and generalize about them because they are too cumbersome to explain. Free Press always provides real facts about the subject at hand--even when the issues are complicated. When they ask for readers to make phone calls to the FCC or members of Congress, they provide all the information one needs. I am proud to say that Free Press, working with other groups, of course, was able to generate over 4 million comments from the public to the FCC in favor of maintaining Net Neutrality. Free Press' work is vital to our democracy and I support them all I can.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free Press is one of organizations working on internet freedom, net neutrality and the like. The organization is one of the best at organizing folks to address this issue. I never delete their emails. . .Always read them and respond to their requests for action because I know they are making a difference.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

Free Press and its partners are doing everything possible to protect Net Neutrality. They are also engaged in the ongoing battle to protect freedom of the press. I have been involved with Free Press for years and they do great work. Everyone should be receiving their emails and actions. It is critical if we want to maintain our democracy.

James193

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 3

I'm still not exactly what they do, besides network

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free Press was indispensable in providing information and support as we got our local media reform organization started.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Free Press has done an amazing job of helping to protect net neutrality, as well as the case for independent media sources of information. It provides a vital service of educating and organizing the public re a number of crucial citizen issues. It played an instrumental role in getting the FCC to implement strong net. I am very grateful to them for providing methods and tools to the public by which we make our voice heard in the debate s surrounding the Internet and independent media and journalism in general.