Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
Abbreviation RCFP
Formation 1970 (1970)
Type Non-Profit
Purpose First Amendment, Free Press Advocacy
Executive Director
Lucy A. Dalglish

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) is an American nonprofit organization, founded in 1970, that provides free legal assistance to and on behalf of journalists. A number of prominent journalists presently sit on the organization's steering committee, including Wolf Blitzer, Tony Mauro, Judy Woodruff and, prior to his death, Walter Cronkite. Its offices are located in Arlington, Virginia.

The RCFP actively aids in defending reporters facing subpoenas and court orders to disclose the identity of confidential sources. The Reporters Committee is also involved in a variety of First Amendment, shield law, freedom of information, and other free speech activities, including state open records and meetings law compliance. The organization publishes a quarterly magazine, The News Media & The Law.

In addition, the Reporters Committee files legal briefs on a variety of issues that affect a journalist's ability to gather and disseminate news and also maintains a 24-hour legal defense hotline for journalists and media lawyers.

Freedom of Information[edit]

One of the most significant activities that RCFP undertakes is promoting freedom of information in the United States is through publishing its Open Government Guide, which reviews the open records and open meetings laws in each of the fifty states. The guide includes expert commentary by attorneys in each state who are familiar with the provisions of their state's code as well as court rulings and informal practices that combine to affect the climate in each state for the public's ability to obtain copies of public documents and attend government meetings.

Prominent spokespeople[edit]

The committee's executive director is Bruce D. Brown, a former journalist who worked in Washington as a media lawyer at the Baker Hostetler law firm.

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