if our free press is silenced, american freedom no longer exists



If Our Free Press is Silenced, American Freedom No Longer Exists

A free and vocal press informs, opens dialogue, makes our voices heard, and holds those in power — leaders, businesses, institutions, and governments — accountable.

You have a right to be informed, no matter what kind of information is important to you.

But right now, your right to know what’s happening in the world around you is being threatened. These threats come in many forms, but one of the biggest is taking your right to know for granted.

What would America become without access to the information that is crucial to our daily lives? We’re already losing access to some of it. Learn more about the threats and how you can protect your right to know. Because to remain free, we must be informed.

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Get to know the Press Freedom Coalition


Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Provides pro bono legal representation, support, and resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists.


Committee to Protect Journalists

Promotes press freedom worldwide by defending the rights of journalists to report the news freely and safely without fear of reprisal.


Free Press

Fights for your rights to connect and communicate.


Empowers people worldwide with the trustworthy, high-quality news and information they need to make informed decisions, participate in their communities, and hold power to account.

Media Law Resource Center

Provides a wide range of media/content law and policy resources for media companies and their lawyers.

PEN America

Stands at the intersection of literature and human rights to protect free expression in the United States and worldwide.

Reporters Without Borders

Advocates for press freedom, access to information, and the protection of journalists throughout the world.

The Society of Professional Journalists

Encourages the free practice of journalism and stimulates high standards of ethical behavior.

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