The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to defending and supporting journalists who report on issues of public interest. Established in 2012, it was born out of a need to protect the free flow of information, particularly in an era where governmental and corporate entities often threaten journalistic freedom.
FPF plays a crucial role in promoting press freedom through a variety of initiatives. One of its key functions is to enable public-interest journalism through crowdfunding and direct support, ensuring that critical stories are told and voices are heard. The organization also develops and distributes encryption tools, training journalists in digital security to safeguard their work and sources.
Significantly, FPF operates the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, a comprehensive database documenting press freedom violations in the United States. This tool is essential for understanding and addressing challenges faced by journalists.
Through advocacy, support, and technological innovation, the Freedom of the Press Foundation upholds the vital role of the free press in democratic societies, making it a beacon for journalists and a defender of information freedom worldwide.