Freedom of the Press Foundation

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Not to be confused with Foundation for Press Freedom.
For other uses of "Freedom of the Press", see Freedom of the press (disambiguation).
Freedom of the Press Foundation
A red circle with a white bullhorn drawn inside
Abbreviation FPF
Formation December 17, 2012; 2 years ago (2012-12-17)
Type non-governmental organization
Purpose freedom of the press and freedom of speech funding
Region served
Key people
John Perry Barlow
John Cusack
Daniel Ellsberg
Glenn Greenwald
Xeni Jardin
Laura Poitras
Edward Snowden
Trevor Timm
Rainey Reitman
Affiliations Electronic Frontier Foundation[1]
Website Tor: freepress3xxs3hk.onion[2]

The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) 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",[3] and it offers a way to crowd-source funding for WikiLeaks and independent journalistic organizations.[4] Supported organizations include LEAP, Open Whisper Systems, Tails, The Tor Project, WikiLeaks, MuckRock, the National Security Archive, The UpTake, The Bureau of Investigative Journalism, the Center for Public Integrity and Truthout.[5][6]

The Freedom of the Press Foundation 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 Chelsea 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.[7]

Since January 2014 Edward Snowden is on the FPF's Board of Directors.[8][9]

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  1. ^ Cohn, Cindy (2012-12-17). "EFF Helps Freedom of the Press Foundation". Electronic Frontier Foundation. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  2. ^ "The Official SecureDrop Directory". Freedom of the Press Foundation. Retrieved December 13, 2014. 
  3. ^ "About". Freedom of the Press Foundation. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  4. ^ Calderone, Michael (2012-12-17). "Freedom Of The Press Foundation Launches To Support WikiLeaks, Increase Transparency". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 5 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Donate to Support Encryption Tools for Journalists". Freedom of the Press Foundation. Retrieved May 24, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Organizations". Freedom of the Press Foundation. Retrieved 2013-02-04. 
  7. ^ Charlton, Alistair (October 16, 2013). "Aaron Swartz-Designed Whistleblower Tool SecureDrop Launched by Press Freedom Foundation". International Business Times. IBT Media. 
  8. ^ Savage, Charlie (January 14, 2014). "Snowden to Join Board of the Freedom of the Press Foundation". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. 
  9. ^ Holpuch, Amanda (January 14, 2014). "Edward Snowden Will Join Freedom of the Press Foundation Board". The Guardian. Guardian Media Group. 

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