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Free Press Echoes Secretary Clinton's Call for Internet Freedom

America Must Lead for Free and Open Communication


In a speech today at the Newseum, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton called on all nations to maintain a free and open Internet.

Free Press Executive Director Josh Silver made the following statement:

"Free Press applauds Secretary Clinton for her leadership and for
her efforts to encourage Internet freedom worldwide. Our own government
needs to step up and protect an open Internet here at home by
preserving Network Neutrality. Our moral authority as a world leader
stems from our vibrant democracy, which is predicated on the openness
of civic communication. Network Neutrality means no corporate
censorship and no government censorship. How can we encourage freedom
abroad when it has not been defended in our own communications
infrastructure? Without badly needed U.S. government action to maintain
freedom on the Internet, our great democracy is at risk.

"Without U.S. government action on Network Neutrality, phone and
cable companies could decide to block or delay content on the Internet.
They have done it before, and we need to know that they will not be
allowed to do it again."

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