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Causes: Civil Rights

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.

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100 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I depend on Free Press to keep me abreast of the Congressional idiots marching to the tunes of their corporate masters. Free Press is my only real source of media truth. I particularly appreciate Free Press for letting me know which Obama- appointed idiots are gaming the system nationally and when the public needs to fight back. Media matters seem to get little attention from the corrupted, consolidated press corps except for Free Press. So I'm grateful for their vigilance.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Dear Wimhoa! Thank you for the great review--Free Press activists are among the most passionate, informed, and dedicated e-activists out there and you are obviously no exception! I think your comment about Media Matters is an interesting one. We do work closely with them on certain issues--their primary focus is to uncover and correct misinformation in the media, which they do exceedingly well! Free Press is the only organization working to strengthen both media content AND infrastructure (on all communications platforms). That means that in addition to monitoring and exposing government and corporate wrongdoing, we want to build up a media system that is more inclusive, diverse, and accessible. So we will promote investigative journalism, Net Neutrality protections, diverse media ownership etc. AND increased broadband deployment, a more robust public media system, etc. We will continue to collaborate with Media Matters when it makes sense--with more plans in the works--and join with other allies on other issues. In the meantime, thanks for joining us! Together, stronger! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

Donor

Rating: 5

Free Press is the only charity I give to every month. The press is the only industry mentioned in The Constitution. Our press is in trouble, and that means our country is in trouble. Free Press fights for my right to know the truth.

Chad S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I refer to this the Free Press website all the time as an example of top-notch e-activism. Brilliant videos and scorching resources.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Thanks for your fabulous review, Chad, and for keeping the heat notched up on our political representatives!

Dan F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

With the corporate take over of our media over the last many years our education and democracy have suffered. It is groups like Free Press that fight the good fight to protect us from people with names like Rush or Hannity or Rupert.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Hi Dan, thank you for reviewing Free Press! Together with informed, vocal people, such as yourself, we will be able to reinvigorate the public media system and advocate for more diverse media ownership! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I have watched the news from media in the US being eroded methodically by special interests over the past 30-40 years. It has become little more than "sound bites" and distraction rather than information . As a result I turned more and more to PBS stations to get real information - and have been appalled by so-called "conservatives" who want to silence any voices that do not agree with them. I don't like everything I see on PBS either, but that doesn't mean it is valueless. As those efforts to supress progressed, free press has been a bastion of support for those of us who don't want to lose what appears to be our last balanced voice in the media. It is a group we can count on to do their best to keep our internet access free and open as well.

Eesha W.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Free Press is great! I support them in any way I can.

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slongsmith 07/28/2011

Thanks for your review, Eesha! Free Press agrees that we need to exert more pressure from outside the Beltway! This summer, we're undertaking some serious in-district organizing so that real people can directly engage their political representatives! I hope you can join us! ~Sara Longsmith, FP staff

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I believe the revival of a strong, honest, and independent media is the most critical ingredient to the future of American democracy. After I attended my first of the FreePress national conferences (the best conference of a broad variety that I have attended over the years), I decided that FreePress was at the forefront of that revival, and has since been my Number One charity.

Donor

Rating: 4

I've been a supporter of freepress.net since 2005. Among other things, they have been at the forefront of efforts to keep Public Broadcasting from being killed by the Republicans. Imperfect as it is, Public Broadcasting offers the only semblance of actual journalism available on broadcast television. It is vital that real news be disseminated to the public rather than the corporate drivel and propaganda on the networks and cable "news" channels. That's one reason I support freepress.net

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have attended two of the National Media Reform Conferences sponsored by Free Press and I have been deeply impressed by the level of expertise and commitment they bring to the crucial, but underappreciated task of spotlighting the shortcomings of our nation's media system.

This is an issue with political, economic, and technological dimensions and Free Press helps people understand all three of these areas.

No other group takes as broad a view of this issue as does Free Press

Donor

Rating: 5

I've been a monthy recurring donor to Free Press for several years. I get their email alerts, and I often respond to their calls to contact media organizations and individuals about various shortcomings and travesties. I attended the NCMR in Minneapolis two or three years ago and was very impressed with the many media activists in attendance and the quality of the seminars and presentations. I live far away from any city and Free Press helps me keep up with the issues of the media as well as do what I can to help democracy survive by supporting a free press.

Donor

Rating: 5

I support FreePress because they are powerful advocates for preserving independent news sources and keeping the internet open. I'm a "broadband activist", working to bring high-speed internet access to underserved rural communities in Western Massachusetts, so I especially appreciate FreePress's efforts to prevent major corporations from controlling internet access. I also find the information they provide by email to be very valuable.

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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

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.

Michael M.

Professional with expertise in this field

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

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

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.