Freepress is a nonprofit organization based in the United States that advocates for Media reform. This organization is set up to protect the interests of public media activists and to raise awareness about our current media system. They strive to create a political environment where media reform is an issue, and raise awareness about the effects that media tycoons and lobbyists have on our access to the media.
One of the issues that Freepress specifically addresses on their website is that the Public Media. Freepress wants to create a reform which gives more access for public media, which they define as any form of media that is not done for profit, but to educate. They are working to protect public access television and low power radio stations. In Media/Society they point out that “Although the government may be the party directly enforcing licensing requirements, microbroadcasters suggest it is commercial media corporations that are really behind the effort to keep them off the air”, Freepress’s goal is to prevent that from happening. Freepress works to encourage noncommercial media outlets strong and to prevent corporate domination in the media world.
Freepress believes that the government should regulate the media in a way that gives opportunities for nonprofit organizations access to media in order to promote equality. They believe in a fundamental ideal that the media should not simply be subject to corporations and individuals with money or power. I would like to ask the Freepress director how they are going to convince congress to regulate public media outlets when congressmen are major beneficiaries of a system where commercial companies control the media industry. Since many congressman receive support from media conglomerates and advertise through those media agencies how what will Freepress use as the persuasion in their argument?