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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, the Free Press Action Fund, have engaged and mobilized millions of people in crucial media policy debates. Free Press and its 1,000,000 members have challenged the most egregious corporate and governmental attacks on the open Internet, press freedom and public broadcasting — and won some remarkable victories. 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

32 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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned everything I know about the importance of net neutrality from Free Press! The information they provide is unbiased and easy to digest, and helps me get the message out to my own network. Free Press in Florence also connected me to Free Press in Camden, NJ, where there is a great campaign to bring back community news to silenced communities.

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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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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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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

For a few weeks, I was involved in Free Press via email list and didn't know truly what the organization was all about. I knew the cause that they were fighting, and I was definitely in support of them.

There was a conference call this past week for anyone who wanted to join, and I was blown away. The knowledge base, the consideration, and the overall professionalism of Free Press, makes me want to get even more involved. It seems like with so many people supporting the cause that a lot of people would go unnoticed, but I feel like Free Press is willing to give any person with passion a chance to change the fight.

Thank You!!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Free Press goes above and beyond to remain dedicated to educating and updating the connected public to the issues affecting communication and connectivity in our country. I was impressed that they offered a teleconference for the public to join and thought their speakers provided worthwhile perspectives and commentary.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I did not appreciate the severity of the threat to Internet freedom. I've always taken it for granted. Free Press made me very aware of what I might lose and continue to lose. In particular, because I realize how vital a role the Internet plays in places where there is very little freedom. We need this resource to be free of discrimination, tampering and censorship.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work that Free Press is doing cannot be understated. In this world of corporate rule they are showing everyone that with determination we can make government work for us.

3

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been following them with respect to the net neutrality debate. From what I have seen they do a lot of work in coordinating people into action. They recently had a phone conference open to the public in which they outlined their process in times ahead. Especially on how to fight congressional pushes to try to pass laws overriding FCC's recent decision.

2 Adrence A.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great group with dedicated member of management. Grassroots members are amazing, brave and loyal to the cause. The Internet is a place for all and no one, not even government should claim it as their own for their interest. The conference call today, open my eyes that with the right push and effort, we could turn the table and help to maintain the rights for free speech even in the cyberspace.

1 Bonnie Beth P.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This group works very hard at trying to make sure we get news that is truthful and they are working very hard on net neutrality.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was quite surprised that Free Press has such a small group of people who effectively take on national problems and concerns.
They are working hard to fight for internet freedom that is to the public interest, yet it is a shame that most of the public is still not aware of their efforts or not much at all. They should get whole a lot more support and attention for what they are doing.
Looking at the webpage, I am really impressed by their staff's experience and abilities. They must be a top organization with exciting mission to draw so many excellent young people to work there.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press is doing some of the most important work in our day to make sure that the virtual public space of the internet remains free, democratic, and accessible to all. Their success is everyone's success. Great work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am continually amazed at how innovative Free Press is. They are amazing organizers who know how to build popular support for change. The work they're doing right now to save Net Neutrality and protect free expression online is so important. I'm honored to support this organization.

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was a great experience working with Free Press to raise awareness among Hawai'i senators on the Net Neutrality issue.

Free Press made it easy for regular people like myself to get in touch with my Senator's senior political advisors. Free Press held a short telephone call to discuss the issue, scheduled a meeting date/time/location and gave me a link to a short, well-written overview of the issue which the political staff appreciated receiving. They also put me in touch with several other folks who care about the same issue so we could share our stories and assist each other when meeting with the political staff.

Both Senator's policy advisors said this was the first time they had directly encountered the Net Neutrality issue. So it raised their awareness and made it more likely they could advise the Senator appropriately about the nuances of the issue when it comes up for Congressional action.

This is how representative democracy is supposed to work!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I participated (mostly by listening) in a conference call in which the challenge to net neutrality was discussed and some of the things that can be done. While, I did know most of the information presented, I did pick up a few new pieces of knowledge. The moderator, Alice Crim, was well prepared and knew her 'stuff.' I believe that this organization is heading in the right direction and is true to its mission statement.
Without a free press and net neutrality, we might as well pack in this 'Great Experiment' known as the United States. The ideals on which this country was founded are under attack from all sides. An open, free and neutral internet is simply the best tool that we have for fighting to keep the dream alive. So, I am interested in seeing what else this organization can come up with to spread the word, especially to the to-date uninformed.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Free Press 'Media Reform Daily' email is my cornerstone to understanding the media landscape in this country today. Technically informed and tuned to social justice, this organization deserves acclaim and support!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Free Press (@freepress) is a staple and go-to resource for current information. I respect their thoughtful perspective and willingness to share unbiased news, unaffected by corporate influence.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Two great speakers who completed each other nicely. I felt privileged to be able to get this live presentation in Boston. While there are a multitude of single issue worthy organizations, I feel Free Press has the right approach to deal at the root level with the problems American society is currently facing and that their efforts are likely to benefit all of the other causes.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I am only a new viewer of this resource so my knowledge is limited. However what interaction I have had has been insightful - enlightening - um. I truly appreciate the ability to access information that otherwise might not be available so readily. Thank you. Miss Justine Bruce@missjustine39