Freedom of the Press Foundation
|Freedom of the Press Foundation|
|Formation||December 17, 2012|
|Purpose/focus||freedom of the press and freedom of speech funding|
|Key people||John Perry Barlow
|Affiliations||Electronic Frontier Foundation|
The Freedom of the Press Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2012 to fund and support free speech and freedom of the press. The organization is headed by both mainstream and alternative journalists such as Daniel Ellsberg and Xeni Jardin as well as activists, celebrities, and filmmakers.
The mission is to help "promote and fund aggressive, public-interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and law-breaking in government", and it offers a way to crowd-source funding for WikiLeaks and independent journalistic organizations. Supported organizations includes WikiLeaks, MuckRock, the National Security Archive, The UpTake, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Center for Public Integrity and Truthout.
The Freedom of the Press Foundations selects organizations and individuals to support based on four criteria: 1. Record of engaging in transparency journalism or supporting it in a material way, including support for whistleblowers; 2. Public interest agenda; 3. Organizations or individuals under attack for engaging in transparency journalism; and 4. Need for support. The foundation's goal is to prioritize support for organizations and individuals who are in need of funding or who face obstacles to gaining support on their own.
In May 2013, The Freedom of the Press Foundation began crowd-funding donations to hire a professional court stenographer to take transcripts during the trial of Pfc. Bradley Manning, after the government refused to make its transcripts available to the public.
In October 2013, the Foundation released SecureDrop, developed in part by the late programmer Aaron Swartz. The tool allows for anonymous communication between two parties, allowing whistleblowers to contact journalists without ever exchanging one anothers' identities or contact information.
- Cohn, Cindy (2012-12-17). "EFF Helps Freedom of the Press Foundation". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- "About". Freedom of the Press Foundation. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Calderone, Michael (2012-12-17). "Freedom Of The Press Foundation Launches To Support WikiLeaks, Increase Transparency". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2013.
- "Organizations". Freedom of the Press Foundation. Retrieved 2013-02-04.
- Charlton, Alistair (October 16, 2013). "Aaron Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool SecureDrop Launched by Press Freedom Foundation". International Business Times. IBT Media.