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Freedom of the Press Foundation Established to Crowd-Fund Transparency Journalism

In News, Other Leaks, WikiLeaks, World Revolution on December 19, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Freedom of the Press Foundation Website & Twitter

12/18/2012

On Sunday, a group of journalists and press freedom activists launched the Freedom of the Press Foundation as a way to crowd-source funding for WikiLeaks and independent journalistic organizations that expose government corruption and advocate for transparency.

In an interview with The Huffington Post, co-founder and executive director ofFreedom of Press Foundation Trevor Timm said the idea for the foundation grew out of conversations with fellow co-founders, Daniel Ellsberg, the whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, and John Perry Barlow, co-founder of the Electronic Frontier Foundation and a former Grateful Dead lyricist.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation board includes writers and advocates for press freedom and transparency, including Guardian columnist Glenn Greenwald, actor and activist John Cusack, Boing Boing co-editor Xeni Jardin, Free Press’ Josh Stearns, and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. Rainey Reitman, founder of a support network for suspected WikiLeaks leaker Bradley Manning, serves as chief operating officer.

12/17/2012

Freedom of the Press Foundation Press Release:

Notable journalists and free expression advocates today launched the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization designed to crowd-source funding for cutting-edge, independent journalism and publishing outlets that expose government and corporate mismanagement, corruption, and law breaking.

The initial fundraising campaign will run through January 31 and fund four independent media outlets: The National Security Archive, MuckRock News, The UpTake, and WikiLeaks. Individuals can donate money through the Freedom of the Press Foundation and adjust what percentage of the donation goes to each of the recipient organizations.

The Foundation is designed to crowd-fund a variety of journalism institutions—both start-ups and established organizations—who are dedicated to aggressive, uncompromising journalism in the vein of Watergate and the Pentagon Papers. The organization’s Board of Directors is comprised of journalists and free expression advocates, including John Perry Barlow, Daniel Ellsberg, Xeni Jardin, Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, Josh Stearns, and John Cusack.

“Seeking the truth in reporting without fear or favor is one of the great traditions of journalism and the foundation that underlies the First Amendment,” said Trevor Timm, co-founder and executive director of the Freedom of the Press Foundation. “We aim to support economic independence in the Fourth Estate, so that hard-hitting investigative journalism doesn’t end up on the cutting-room floor because of government or corporate censorship.”

The organization was inspired by the financial embargo against the transparency website WikiLeaks. After WikiLeaks published leaked documents from the U.S. State Department, major payment processors—including PayPal, Visa, and Mastercard—refused to process payments to the site, despite the fact that WikiLeaks had committed no crime. Individuals were unable to donate to the nonprofit online, and WikiLeaks suffered tremendous financial setbacks.

“Financial transactions are speech. The financial embargo was censorship – not just of WikiLeaks but of all of us who wished to donate to WikiLeaks,” said board member and co-founder John Perry Barlow, a former lyricist for the Grateful Dead and long-time free expression advocate.

“Whistleblowing leaks—exposing governmental lies, errors, illegality—are the lifeblood of a republic. Publishing wrongly-kept government secrets in the public interest is clearly protected by the First Amendment, and is crucial to our democracy,” said Daniel Ellsberg, co-founder and board member, who first revealed the Pentagon Papers.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation plans to offer time-limited ‘bundles’ which highlight a group of similar organizations that promote media independence. The initial bundle includes four nonprofit media organizations that promote investigative journalism and access to information. Donors may also choose to send money directly to the Freedom of the Press Foundation.

“We’re supporting many organizations dedicated to transparency—WikiLeaks and otherwise—and who are attacking unnecessary government secrecy in a variety of innovative ways,” said Xeni Jardin, co-editor of Boing Boing, who is also a board member of Freedom of the Press Foundation. “We want to crowd-fund a new generation of independent media which will be more resistant to corporate and government influence.”

Larry Pratt: “We Need to Ban Gun Control Laws That Keep People From Protecting Themselves”

In Gun Control, News, Newtown: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting, Police Brutality on December 19, 2012 at 6:47 PM

12/18/2012

Exec. Dir. of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt debates America’s gun laws with the unprofessional epitome of a talking head Piers Morgan of CNN.

CT Police Backtrack Saying Adam Lanza Was NOT in Altercation at School Day Before Mass Shooting

In News, Newtown: Sandy Hook School Mass Shooting on December 19, 2012 at 3:23 AM

12/17/2012

Connecticut State Police spokesman Lt. Paul Vance denies reports that there was any altercation between the gunman Adam Lanza and four teachers at Sandy Hook elementary school the day before the mass shooting took place.

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