Free the Press needs your help to stand up for journalists' right to report and your right to know. With reporters under attack from hostile police and an administration that calls the media “the opposition party,” it’s critical that you join us in saying "enough"!

We need the help of the Really American community to meet our goal of holding an alternative press briefing across from the White House to stand up for our First Amendment and the critical service the press provides in exposing truth.

Your help is needed at this critical juncture - we need to hit our goal of $15,000 by Sunday. Will you join Free the Press now with a donation of $25 or more? (Every small donation makes a big difference!)

Nomiki Konst started Free the Press when it became clear that the media is under attack here in the U.S. in an unprecedented way. Journalists from Standing Rock to NYC to DC must have the First Amendment protections they need to stand up for the truth. You can see in this video how police aggressively blocked Nomiki and others in NYC to try to stop her from covering the outrage over President Trump’s executive order pushing DAPL forward.

Investigative and front-line journalists are our best allies in exposing corporate and governmental abuses. And the DC administration and the fossil fuel industry want to shut up the press because they know their actions won’t be tolerated if exposed to public scrutiny!

You only have until Sunday to help us hit the $15,000 goal that Nomiki and her team need to hold an alternative press conference in DC. In this press conference, Free the Press will share the stories of brave frontline journalists at Standing Rock and beyond and stand up for the freedom of the press to take on corporate polluters and their allies.

Please stand with Free the Press right now with a donation of any size to ensure you help us meet this crucial deadline for standing up for our environment!

You know that frontline journalists and in-depth investigations are required to expose threats to our planet so we can take action. The Associated Press has documented fracking’s ill effects on groundwater and public health in state after state; Inside Climate News showed the decades before climate change was well known, Exxon knew, then hid, the truth of its contribution to climate chaos; and just in the past few weeks, The Washington Post has reported extensively on new EPA head Scott Pruitt’s cozy relationship with fossil fuel companies.

You can keep the heat on, but only if you act now to help bringing Nomiki’s press conference to the White House! We have just days to make sure this happens!

Already, more than 350 of you have now joined as journalists and contributors. 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.

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.

Free the Press is here to stand for the right to ask questions, to speak truth to power, and we need your help.

You can read our past emails and updates on Medium. Our website is freethepress.net.

If you would like to make a donation from outside of the United States, please use THIS form. Thank you!

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 info@freethepress.net

Our Principles

  1. We stand for the rights of journalists to report the news without being arrested or harassed by the police.
  2. We stand for fairness and access for all media organizations and against discrimination and bias towards any single media organization.
  3. We stand for the professionalism and reputation of our trade and against the demonization and vilification of the media.
  4. We stand for freedom from retribution and against individual journalists being targeted for their reporting by the government.
  5. We stand for accuracy and for truth and against the deliberate distribution of propaganda and false facts.

Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Judith Goldstein endorsed

    “Which is worse, the behavior of the militarization in North Dakota or the main stream news not reporting the atrocities, in fact even riding with the police!?Is Trump correct ?!? Mainstream news is enemy of the people!!!!!! Shame! We need on the ground journalists! Not celebrities. Even Charlie Rose has become a disappointment!”

  • Bill Little Eagle Ellison endorsed

    “Press has the right to tell the real story and what happens, they try and hide the Police try and hide what ever they do, well I say they need to be put in there place. We have tried being peaceful, well it is time we tell them No More, and they can not hide what they have done to the Protector, and press. Government won't stop them, we need to stop them, if it were me I would be at war for what they have done, what goes around comes around. The World is watching, and it needs to be televised. WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. GET USED TO IT.”

  • Rita M. Howard endorsed

    “Freedom of the press is part of our constitutional rights and MUST NOT be taken from us. R M. Howard”

  • Amy Harlib endorsed

    “WE THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE MANY OVER THE INSANE FORCES OF GREED.”

  • Karen Miller endorsed

    ““Without a free press we are a fascist state run by a merciless dictator who believes he can control the population.””

  • Debra L Forry endorsed

    “When will the government officials understand how to treat people. They work for us, not the other way around. We the people don't want your oil pipeline.”

  • Merrianne Sotnick endorsed

    “Without a free press we are a fascist state run by a merciless dictator who believes he can control the population.”

  • Lauren Macaulay endorsed

    “I support Stop the Blackout of Violence Against #NoDAPL Journalists because the Bill of Rights”

  • Carol Bloomer endorsed

    “We should have free speech in the USA of individuals, the press and journalists. Our Constitutions guarantees this.”

  • Susan Bradley endorsed

    “It is unbelievable to me to see the media stopped in this way. As long as we call ourselves a free democracy, we must have a free media.”

March 16, 2017

Free the Press and the environment

This week we began reaching out to members of the environmental community to support our upcoming alternative press briefing. The media has long been a critical ally of the environmental movement by investigating the sources of pollution and holding government and corporations accountable.

The environmental movement relies on investigative journalists to expose the corporate abuses that threaten our planet. The Associated Press has documented fracking’s ill effects on groundwater and public health in state after state; Inside Climate News showed the decades before climate change was well known, Exxon knew, then hid, the truth of its contribution to climate chaos; and just in the past few weeks, The Washington Post has reported extensively on new EPA head Scott Pruitt’s cozy relationship with fossil fuel companies. And let’s not forget that Rep. Jason Chaffetz put forth a plan to devalue open space nationwide, a prelude to auctioning it off for mining, logging and fracking. Chaffetz plan only fell apart under media scrutiny and resulting public outrage.

We need a free press more than ever when the action of our public servants won't hold up under scrutiny.

February 25, 2017

Freedom to cover direct action - #NoDAPL

For the past 24 hours, we've focused the #freethepress crowdfunding on atrocities against journalists at Standing Rock and other #NoDAPL protests. Can you help us continue to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter?

Here are some sample posts:

Attacks on the press at the WH are insane. In the field, they're violent. Help us expose assaults on #NoDAPL media: https://www.crowdpac.com/c/freethepress?source_code=social-022417

#freethepress and @ReallyAmerican1 are taking press freedoms right to the White House, and bringing #NoDAPL along: https://www.crowdpac.com/c/freethepress?source_code=social-022417

What would happen at #NoDAPL actions w/out media coverage? When the state targets press, we all lose. #freethepress https://www.crowdpac.com/c/freethepress?source_code=social-022417

Facebook:

At the White House, the state is blocking journalists from briefings. At Standing Rock, its shooting them with rubber bullets, arresting and charging them with felonies. Help expose atrocities against the press at #NoDAPL actions by supporting an alternative press briefing at the White House. https://www.crowdpac.com/c/freethepress?source_code=social-022417

The press is under attack - and not just at the White House briefing room. What would happen to the water protectors at Standing Rock if the cameras went dark? Help a consortium of journalists stand up for the truth with an alternative press briefing across from the White House. https://www.crowdpac.com/c/freethepress?source_code=social-022417

The Washington Post’s new masthead: “Democracy Dies in Darkeness.” Today, Free the Press is crowdfunding to bring to light the frontline abuses against journalists covering #NoDAPL. https://www.crowdpac.com/c/freethepress?source_code=social-022417

Thank you!

Nomiki, Adriel and the #freethepress team

February 19, 2017

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • brendon endorsed

  • Patty Schwartfigure endorsed

  • Mary Beth Lee endorsed

  • Judith Goldstein endorsed

    “Which is worse, the behavior of the militarization in North Dakota or the main stream news not reporting the atrocities, in fact even riding with the police!?Is Trump correct ?!? Mainstream news is enemy of the people!!!!!! Shame! We need on the ground journalists! Not celebrities. Even Charlie Rose has become a disappointment!”

  • Michael Bernard endorsed

  • Corinne Yusi endorsed

  • Bill Little Eagle Ellison endorsed

    “Press has the right to tell the real story and what happens, they try and hide the Police try and hide what ever they do, well I say they need to be put in there place. We have tried being peaceful, well it is time we tell them No More, and they can not hide what they have done to the Protector, and press. Government won't stop them, we need to stop them, if it were me I would be at war for what they have done, what goes around comes around. The World is watching, and it needs to be televised. WE ARE NOT GOING AWAY. GET USED TO IT.”

  • sue endorsed

  • Rita M. Howard endorsed

    “Freedom of the press is part of our constitutional rights and MUST NOT be taken from us. R M. Howard”

  • Amy Harlib endorsed

    “WE THE PEOPLE HAVE A RIGHT TO KNOW IN ORDER TO PROTECT THE INTERESTS OF THE MANY OVER THE INSANE FORCES OF GREED.”

  • Sandra Blasko endorsed

  • Laura Huffman endorsed

  • Karen Miller endorsed

    ““Without a free press we are a fascist state run by a merciless dictator who believes he can control the population.””

  • Catherine Yoder endorsed

  • Djm Neone endorsed

  • James Koch endorsed

  • Debra L Forry endorsed

    “When will the government officials understand how to treat people. They work for us, not the other way around. We the people don't want your oil pipeline.”

  • Merrianne Sotnick endorsed

    “Without a free press we are a fascist state run by a merciless dictator who believes he can control the population.”

  • Lauren Macaulay endorsed

    “I support Stop the Blackout of Violence Against #NoDAPL Journalists because the Bill of Rights”

  • Jean Johnson endorsed

  • susan pelican endorsed

  • Carol Bloomer endorsed

    “We should have free speech in the USA of individuals, the press and journalists. Our Constitutions guarantees this.”

  • Susan Bradley endorsed

    “It is unbelievable to me to see the media stopped in this way. As long as we call ourselves a free democracy, we must have a free media.”

  • richard eisen endorsed

    “I am a history buff and I view Trumps attack on the Press as a repeat of Hitler's abolition of the press in NAZI Germany. Those who forget history will repeat it/”

  • Sue Donim endorsed

  • Patricia Fanberg endorsed

    “I endorse Stop the Blackout of Violence Against #NoDAPL Journalists as a step to prevent losing our fundamental right to freedom of the press. I also particularly appreciate the goals to assure the accountability of accuracy by the press, which has been endangered by fringe information outlets.”

  • Marilyn Borchardt endorsed

  • Beth Spindler endorsed

    “I endorse Stop the Blackout of Violence Against #NoDAPL Journalists, because this isn't the kind of country in which I want to live. We must know about this oppression and do what we can to stop it. Greed must not win!”

  • Jennifer Trail endorsed

  • Mairi Krausse endorsed

    “The press should have free coverage of anything happening outside, and coverage with permission of anything inside. Neither the government nor Big Business should have any say about it.”