Undead EARN IT Act poses newly urgent threat to press freedom

After public backlash led to a major defeat in 2020, lawmakers are now attempting to rush the anti-privacy legislation through the Senate.

Crackdown in the statehouse: Lawmakers edge out press access

In a growing number of state legislatures across the country, journalists are facing new rules and proposed legislation that breaks with traditions of public access to legislators. These moves are a troubling development in the increasingly rocky relationship between government officials and the press that covers them, and should be rolled back and opposed wherever possible.

Support the NSO Group whistleblower, and others like him

Journalists have been working incredibly hard to expose the spyware company and its authoritarian users. But let's not forget about the whistleblowers.

‘Concerns’ raised in NSA watchdog report, but still no meaningful oversight

Stop us if you've heard this one before: the NSA failed to follow procedural and policy requirements surrounding the use of surveillance data collected on U.S. persons, according to a new report from the group's Office of the Inspector General.

Biden’s Justice Dept. promised to support a strong journalist shield law. So why hasn’t it?

Sen. Ron Wyden calls the Justice Department’s inaction on key press freedom issue “extremely frustrating, and frankly unacceptable”

Victory on the horizon in the “Free PACER” fight

The fight to free PACER, the federally managed database of public court records that has sat behind a paywall since its inception, has stretched on for more than a decade now. These efforts may finally pay off in 2022 with a bill poised for the Senate floor that achieves many of the aims of the "free PACER" movement.

Here’s how we impacted press freedom in 2021

Freedom of the Press Foundation releases its 2021 Impact Report, outlining the work we’ve accomplished in the past year, an overview of our major projects and programs, and how we will be expanding on our work in 2022.

One of the Internet’s most impactful protests, a decade later

Ten years ago, a powerful online activism campaign against the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act stopped the bill in its tracks, much to the surprise of the lobbyists and legislators who had considered its passage inevitable. Led by grassroots organizers and civil liberties groups, sites big and small “went dark” for the day in a “blackout” designed to draw attention to the issue and direct calls to Washington.

Another record year for press-freedom violations in the US

While we did not see the scope of national social-justice protests of 2020—a year in which journalists were arrested or assaulted on average more than once a day—2021 still outpaced the years before it for press-freedom violations. We systematically capture this data in the US Press Freedom Tracker, where Freedom of the Press Foundation, in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists and other press freedom groups, has documented aggressions against journalists in the United States since 2017.

Five years of Secure The News

In 2016, Freedom of the Press Foundation launched Secure The News to track and grade HTTPS adoption by news organizations. Today, five years later, we’re happy to say that its goals have been largely achieved, and we are retiring the project while archiving and preserving its historical data.