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Causes: Arts & Culture, Censorship, Freedom of Speech & Press, Civil Rights, Civil Rights, Social Action & Advocacy, Media & Communications

Mission: Free Press fights for your rights to connect and communicate. Free Press believes that positive social change, racial justice and meaningful engagement in public life require equitable access to technology, diverse and independent ownership of media platforms, and journalism that holds leaders accountable and tells people what’s actually happening in their communities. We believe that the struggle for racial justice must be at the center of transforming our media and our democracy. We focus on saving Net Neutrality, achieving affordable internet access for all, uplifting the voices of people of color in the media, challenging old and new media gatekeepers to serve the public interest, ending unwarranted surveillance, defending press freedom and reimagining local journalism.

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: Free Press seeks to bring about quality journalism and equitable access to media and technology. We work for: • 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.

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145 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press is an amazing organization completely dedicated to media justice and the protection of our democracy. They do incredible work to help ensure EVERYONE has access to fair and just information and to communication services that are so critical to all of us.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

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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slongsmith 07/27/2011

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

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Donor

Rating: 5

Free Press has been a leader in the movement to keep our democracy vibrant through ensuring that the means of distributing information (i.e. media, internet, TV, etc.) remain democratic. They have been especially prominent in the fight to maintain the internet as a free space for the flowering of creative and political potential. I have been a monthly donor to Free Press for two years and I am continually impressed with the enormous amount of advocacy work they do on such a tight budget. Without any hesitation, I recommend them to volunteers and donors as a place where what you do and give makes a huge difference.

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slongsmith 07/27/2011

Thanks for your comments and review! Your ongoing support via your monthly gifts are so important to our work - our work for universally accessible communications, from the local to the global. And yes, our work to maintain internet as a free space for the flowering of creative and political potential is essential! Without donors and activists like you, we couldn't do it. Together we fight the good fight, onward! Amy Altwarg Clough, Free Press Staff.

1 Michael M.

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Rating: 5

Free Press has provided a strong voice in support of the actual fair and balanced news that comes from non-commercial, locally owned, public media. The system of PBS and NPR and their locally-controlled member stations has benefited from the research and advocacy work of Free Press.

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slongsmith 07/07/2011

Thanks for the feedback and for your past support, Michael! One of our current goals is to refresh our intellectual capital, especially in the realm of continuing our research on viable and sustainable public media models. We've done a lot of groundwork in this area (see http://www.savethenews.org/public-media/resources)and we hope you will be helping to lead efforts to implement the most promising strategies. Please stay in touch. ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I'm subscribed to several non-profit action email newsletters which keep me abreast of issues relevant to me, and FreePress is one of them.

They tirelessly fight to keep freedom of expression alive, be it by petitioning to prevent illegal mergers to investigating corruption to contesting legislation that will impose on our liberties.

Best of all, they deliver easy-to-understand, easy to get involved email digests that are concise and socially righteous, and their online petitions make it simple to make your voice heard with a click.

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slongsmith 07/07/2011

Buster, thanks for the great review! You really "get" our work, especially the long-term nature of it. We hope that you'll be able to attend and speak up at a public hearing on media policy one of these days so that policymakers and leaders will be able to see and hear the real person behind your petition. Stay tuned! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

1 Mera S.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Free Press is an excellent organization of committed media reformers, policy analysts, communications specialists and activists. Each person that I have met and collaborated with at Free Press has a unique passion for changing the media reform landscape in America. Their campaigns are sharp, concise, educational and entertaining. They have invigorated a base in America through their hard work and conscientious coalition building to engage Americans in the media policy making process.

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slongsmith 07/07/2011

Hi Mera! Thanks for being a champion reviewer and tireless ally! Glad you made it to NCMR--stay tuned for our next location and dates in spring 2013. In the meantime, I hope we get to work together at some point. ~Sara Longsmith P.S. our new graphic designer will begin soon, so be sure to let us know what you think of our new stuff.