Why you should support Free the Press
United States based supporters are encouraged to donate via our US sister site.
More than 350 people have now joined as journalists and contributors to host an alternative press briefing in front of the White House.
Let’s be clear: We stand for transparency and our First Amendment right to ask questions. This is a moment to stand for our Constitution.
This is not a partisan issue - statesmen, journalists and good government groups are all speaking out on behalf of the free press.
“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy,” President George W. Bush said on the Today Show. “Power can be very addictive and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power, whether it be here or elsewhere.”
Recently, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has used his power to shut out several news outlets from briefings. The White House used its power to engage friendly media outlets to disparage reporters who ask tough questions. While not every White House enjoys tough questions, the climate today is unprecedented.
“The media should be embarrassed and humiliated and keep its mouth shut and just listen for a while,” White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon said in January. “I want you to quote this: The media here is the opposition party. They don’t understand this country."
Free the Press is here to stand for the right to ask questions, to speak truth to power, and we need your help.
Please join us today with a donation of $10, 20, $50 or more to support #FreethePress. And thank you to the folks at Really American for helping us spread the word.
The president said last week that “nobody” loves the First Amendment more than him. If that's the case, journalists should be allowed to do their jobs. Because we know you love the First Amendment, and we’re grateful for your support.
Additional ways to get involved with Free the Press:
- Ask your organization to sign onto statement of principles/cosponsor our first event across from the White House
- Cover the event for your media outlet (journalists)
- Attend the event (details coming soon!)
- Reach out to your friends / colleagues to cover / attend / sign on to our principles
- Post on social media promoting event #freethepress
- Reach us directly at email@example.com
- We stand for the rights of journalists to report the news without being arrested or harassed by the police.
- We stand for fairness and access for all media organizations and against discrimination and bias towards any single media organization.
- We stand for the professionalism and reputation of our trade and against the demonization and vilification of the media.
- We stand for freedom from retribution and against individual journalists being targeted for their reporting by the government.
- We stand for accuracy and for truth and against the deliberate distribution of propaganda and false facts
2 Mar 2017
Updates from Free the Press
As this fundraising campaign proceeds, you’ll see updates appearing here.