- American Association of University Professors
Defends academic freedom and tenure, among other college and university issues.
- American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression
Founded by the American Booksellers Association in 1990, ABFFE is the booksellers' voice in the fight against censorship.
- American Civil Liberties Union
A nationwide, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and preserving the Bill of Rights for all individuals through litigation, legislation and public education.
- American Library Association Office for Intellectual Freedom
Charged with implementing ALA policies on intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the association's basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. The goal of the office is to educate librarians and the general public about the nature and importance of intellectual freedom in libraries.
- California First Amendment Coalition
Nonprofit public-benefit corporation working to preserve and improve compliance with state and federal laws affording citizens access to public information, including the protection of newsgathering by journalists. CFAC also supports freedom of expression, assembly and petition on matters of public concern.
- Center for Arts and Culture
Independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank that "aims to broaden and deepen the national conversation on culture and cultural policies." Commissions research, holds public roundtables, and publishes new voices and perspectives on arts and culture. Topics include law, globalization, access, preservation, community, investment, education.
- Copley First Amendment Center
Nonprofit division of Illinois Press Association providing news, court cases on First Amendment issues. Includes section for students.
- Electronic Frontier Foundation
"Protecting rights and promoting freedom in the electronic frontier."
- Ellen K. Solender Institute in Free Speech and Mass Media Law
At Underwood Law Library, Dedman School of Law, Southern Methodist University.
- Feminists for Free Expression
"A group of diverse feminists working to preserve the individual's right to see, hear, and produce materials of her choice without the intervention of the government 'for her own good.' "
- Free Expression Policy Project
FEPP, a think tank on artistic and intellectual freedom, produces reports, commentaries, fact sheets and friend-of-the-court briefs, and seeks solutions to the concerns that drive censorship campaigns. Web site features report, "Media Literacy: An Alternative to Censorship."
- First Amendment Cyber-Tribune
FACT is one of the pioneer First Amendment sites in the nation. A "resource for anyone wanting to learn about the First Amendment," providing "information on all the liberties guaranteed by the amendment."
- Freedom Channel
Offers views from presidential and congressional candidates on a range of issues in the form of 90-second videos.
- Freedom of Expression Links
Canadian site with links to anti-censorship resources, legal decisions, appeals, organizations, news groups.
- Freedom to Read Foundation
Promotes and defends right to read; fosters libraries as institutions wherein every individual's First Amendment freedoms are fulfilled; supports right of libraries to include in their collections and make available any work that they may legally acquire.
- Free Expression Network Clearinghouse
A guide to free speech and the First Amendment, including censorship issues.
- Intellectual Freedom Round Table
Provides a forum for discussion of activities, programs and problems in intellectual freedom of libraries and librarians; serves as a channel of communications on intellectual freedom matters; promotes a greater opportunity for involvement among the members of the ALA in defense of intellectual freedom; promotes a greater feeling of responsibility in the implementation of ALA policies on intellectual freedom.
- Internet Freedom Resources
Anti-censorship links: "Defending the rights of Net users; breaking tomorrow's stories today." Sponsors the Internet Freedom Journalism Awards.
- Marshall-Brennan Fellowship Program
Nonprofit group at Washington College of Law promoting constitutional literacy among young people. Hosts high school-level National Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition.
- Media Coalition
"Defends the First Amendment right to produce and sell books, magazines, recordings, videotapes and videogames; and defends the American public's First Amendment right to have access to the broadest possible range of opinion and entertainment."
- Media Institute
"Nonprofit research foundation specializing in communications policy and the First Amendment."
- National Coalition Against Censorship
NCAC is an alliance of 48 national nonprofit organizations, including religious, professional, artistic, labor and civil rights groups, committed to defending freedom of thought, inquiry and expression.
- National Freedom of Information Coalition
A group of state First Amendment and FOI organizations.
"Youth alliance against Internet censorship."
- PEN American Center
A professional association of 2600 literary writers, defends free speech for writers in the United States and around the world.
- People for the American Way
"Organizes and mobilizes Americans to fight for fairness, justice, civil rights and the freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution."
- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette First Amendment site
Developed through a Pew Center for Civic Journalism grant, the site is a resource for community members, journalists, students.
- Stand and Be Counted
Anti-censorship site "working on helping people start campaigns against censorship."
- Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Freedom of Expression
"Devoted solely to the defense of free expression in all its forms."
- Unlimited Freedom of Speech
A site supporting and encouraging free speech worldwide, "with links to a variety of resources for the education, entertainment, empowerment, and inspiration of freedom-loving individuals everywhere."
- American Center for Law & Justice
"An international public interest law firm that focuses on pro-family, pro-life, and pro-liberty issues."
- Americans United for Separation of Church and State
A watchdog group that works "to protect the constitutional principle of church-state separation, a vital cornerstone of religious liberty."
- Becket Fund for Religious Liberty
"A bipartisan and ecumenical, public-interest law firm that protects the free expression of all religious traditions."
- Christian Legal Society
Non-denominational national network of attorneys, judges, law students, professors and lay people, with local attorney chapters and law-student chapters, that "helps lawyers to integrate their faith in Christ with their professional responsibilities."
- Liberty Counsel
"A nonprofit religious civil liberties education and legal defense organization dedicated to preserve religious freedom."
- Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Has released a paper called "In Good Faith."
- Rutherford Institute
"An international legal and educational organization dedicated to preserving human rights and defending civil liberties."
- "The Working Group on Human Needs and Faith-Based and Community Initiatives"
Coordinated by Search for Common Ground USA. Has released a new report, "Finding Common Ground." (Note: The First Amendment Center's program and report are also called Finding Common Ground.)
Journalism-related organizations, publications
- Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications
- AJR NewsLink
Web site of American Journalism Review, a major periodical on news-media issues.
- American Press Institute
Offers newsroom training and other journalism professional development programs, including First Amendment seminars with the First Amendment Center.
- American Society of Newspaper Editors
Offers information on ASNE events, newspaper projects, issues and ideas.
- Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
- Associated Press Managing Editors
Association of U.S. and Canadian editors whose newspapers are members of the Associated Press; offers APME projects, conference information.
- Casey Journalism Center on Children and Families
"A national resource for journalists who cover children and families. Its mission is to enhance reporting about the issues and institutions affecting disadvantaged children and their families and to increase public awareness about the concerns facing at-risk children."
- Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma
"Organization formed to help news people who experience trauma." Hosted by University of Washington School of Communications.
- Editor & Publisher Interactive
Web site of Editor & Publisher, a major periodical covering newspapers.
- The Electronic Journalist
Web site of the Society of Professional Journalists, the largest professional-journalism group.
Foundation for American Communications, a nonprofit organization providing education on specialized topics for professional journalists.
- Investigative Reporters and Editors
Provides educational services to reporters, editors and others interested in investigative journalism.
- Journalism Education Association
Helps students, advisers and administrators know more about scholastic (high school) press law and ethics. Includes section where groups can exchange ideas and post material censored by their schools. JEA Press Rights affiliate site offers latest information about student press rights.
- National Press Foundation
"Issue-oriented professional development for the working journalist," featuring information about conferences and briefings.
- Online News Association
Promoting editorial integrity, independence, excellence and freedom of access for online journalists.
- Organization of News Ombudsmen
Nonprofit corporation with an international membership that organizes annual conferences for discussion of news practices and a wide range of issues connected with ombudsman work.
- Radio-Television News Directors Association
"World's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism." RTNDA represents local and network news executives in broadcasting, cable and other electronic media.
- Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing free legal help to journalists and news organizations since 1970.
- Society for Collegiate Journalists
Membership service organization encouraging establishment of collegiate news bureaus, college publications, new communications media, and collegiate radio and TV stations.
- Society for News Design
International, nonprofit professional organization with more than 2,500 members, including editors, designers, graphic artists, publishers, illustrators, art directors, photographers, advertising artists, Web site designers, students and faculty. Membership is open to anyone with an interest in journalism and design.
- Society of Professional Journalists
"Dedicated to the perpetuation of a free press as the cornerstone of our nation and our liberty."
- Student Press Law Center
A nonprofit organization dedicated to providing legal help and information to the student media and journalism educators.
- Television News Center
A public nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that trains TV journalists.
- Committee to Protect Journalists
A nonpartisan organization of journalists dedicated to the defense of press freedom around the world.
- Institute for War & Peace Reporting
"An award-winning educational and development charity, IWPR informs the international debate on conflict and supports the independent media in regions in transition."
- European Journalism Fellowships
Mid-career program for European and U.S. journalists, offered in Berlin.
- Impunity No More
Inter American Press Association site promoting awareness of murders of journalists and other attacks against them in Latin America and the Caribbean and efforts to bring the attackers to justice.
- International Center for Journalists
Nonprofit organization promoting excellence in news coverage of crucial community and global issues.
- International Freedom of Expression Exchange
IFEX's weekly Webzine with latest news from around the world on freedom of expression victories and violations.
- International Press Institute
Global network of journalists, editors and media executives, dedicated to freedom of the press and "improving the standards and practises of journalism."
- International Journalists' Network
Operated by the International Center for Journalists; Web site devoted to media-assistance news and supporting professional development of journalists worldwide.
- Media Channel
News about media worldwide.
- Media Diversity Institute
Organization that seeks "to promote conflict prevention and conflict resolution through diversity reporting."
- International Reporting Project
Educates U.S. journalists about global issues and aims to increase and improve the coverage of international topics in the U.S. news media. It does so through a variety of fellowships, conferences, seminars, fact-finding visits and publications to meet the needs of all levels of journalists: early-career, mid-career and senior journalists.
- Reporters Sans Frontières
"Reporters without Borders" is a watchdog group based in Paris that monitors and reports on threats against journalists worldwide.
- U.S. State Department Issue Focus
"Each business day, the U.S. Department of State's Office of Research produces an Issue Focus of foreign media commentary on a major foreign policy issue or related event. These reports provide a global round-up of editorials and op-ed commentary from major newspapers, magazines and broadcast media around the world." Also offers analyses of the commentaries.
- Vivid Image Productions' page of Freedom of Information links.
- World Association of Newspapers
WAN, based in Paris, comprises 66 national newspaper associations, individual newspaper executives in 93 nations, 17 national and international news agencies, a media foundation and seven affiliated regional and worldwide press organisations. It represents more than 17,000 publications on the five continents.
- World Press Review Online
World Press Review, a New York City-based English-language monthly magazine focusing on
the international press, each month translates, reprints, and analyzes news and opinion from around the globe.