Today, Freedom of the Press Foundation is proud to join organizations worldwide in opposing mass, suspicionless surveillance.
We’re at a turning point in the fight for surveillance reform. Thanks to surveillance revelations, we now know that the NSA—in partnership with intelligence agencies around the world—is sweeping up vast quantities of our personal data. This includes huge swaths of Internet traffic copied directly off the fiber optic cables, location information of millions of digital devices, telephone records for millions of law-abiding Americans, and even surveillance of online gaming platforms like World of Warcraft and Angry Birds.
Free speech is chilled by the specter of ubiquitous surveillance. Just as journalists rely on secure and private communications to investigate stories and communicate with sources, individuals worldwide need to have the freedom to communicate, access information and use technology without big brother’s watching eyes. Reporter’s Committee for Freedom of the Press, Committee to Protect Journalists, and a host of other press freedom organizations have made a similar point.
As defenders of press freedom, we recognize mass surveillance to be a direct threat to an unrestrained, independent Fourth Estate. That’s why we’re urging our friends to join us in The Day We Fight Back, an international action against mass spying.
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