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Free Press President To Step Down

The public advocacy group Free Press announced Tuesday morning that its president and co-founder, Josh Silver, will be stepping down to head a new organization.

Silver has led Free Press since it was established in 2002. The group considers itself a nonpartisan media reform organization and regularly weighs in on media issues, including media ownership, public media, and access to communications.

Current managing director Craig Aaron will take over the top job in mid-April while Silver remains a member of the board of directors, according to a Free Press statement. Silver is taking a post as founding CEO of Democracy Fund, a new group designed to "challenge the influence of corporate lobbyists over government policy making."

Silver said his new gig will complement his work at Free Press.

"I'm not so much leaving media and technology issues, as I'm taking on a new front in the struggle for the heart and soul of our democracy," he said in a statement. "Indeed, the success of the public interest on these two fundamental issues - reforming the media and reducing the influence of the K Street lobbying juggernaut - may well determine whether our democracy flourishes or fails."

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