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Posts by Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

About Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

For more than 40 years, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has provided free legal advice, resources, support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and Freedom of Information rights of journalists working in areas where U.S. law applies, regardless of the medium in which their work appears. - See more at: http://rcfp.org/about#sthash.374duCxA.dpuf
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Obtaining government officials' business emails should be easier

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP's Legal Fellow Kristin Bergman wrote this article. In this 2011 file photo, then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton checks her Blackberry from inside a C-17 military plane. South Carolina Republican Trey Gowdy, wants to know … Read More
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The dangers of journalism include getting doxxed. Here’s what you can do about it.

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s First Look Media Technology Fellow Jenn Henrichsen wrote this article.   (Image from Deposit Photo)Threatening journalists over their reporting is not a new concept, but the age of electronic media has brought a … Read More
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Access to police body camera videos: The Wild West of open records requests

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s Jack Nelson-Dow Jones Foundation Legal Fellow Adam A. Marshall wrote this article. A Los Angeles Police officer wears an on-body camera during a demonstration for media in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes,File)Police departments across … Read More
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Supreme Court decision is a victory for whistleblowers and the media

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP’s Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation Fellow Kimberly Chow wrote this article. Robert MacLean took his whistleblowing case to the Supreme Court and won. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)Were media lawyers asleep at the wheel when … Read More
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Be aware tweeting allowed in some courtrooms but not others

This is another in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press covering legal issues that affect journalists. RCFP's McCormick Legal Fellow Jamie Schuman wrote this article. George Zimmerman, right, stands with his attorneys, Mark O'Mara, left, and Don West, center, as they watch the jury enter the courtroom on the 17th day … Read More
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Hyperlinking could help journalists in defamation lawsuits

This is the second in a series of articles by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press on legal issues that can affect journalists. It is written by Cindy Gierhart, Ethics & Excellence in Journalism Foundation Legal Fellow at the RCFP. Media scholars have noted for years that news outlets lag significantly behind blogs in … Read More
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How to use FOIA laws to find stories, deepen sourcing

To mark Sunshine Week, March 16-22, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press explains how journalists can use information access laws to develop stories in the public interest. This post is written by Emily Grannis, the Jack Nelson FOI Legal Fellow at the RCFP. Freedom of information laws are invaluable resources to reporters covering any beat. The … Read More
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