The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

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The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press is a nonprofit group, formed in 1970, that provides free legal assistance to journalists.

"In the last three decades the Committee has played a role in virtually every significant press freedom case that has come before the Supreme Court -- from Nebraska Press Association v. Stuart to Hustler Magazine v. Falwell -- as well as in hundreds of cases in federal and state courts.
The Committee has also emerged as a major national -- and international -- resource in free speech issues, disseminating information in a variety of forms, including a quarterly legal review, a bi-weekly newsletter, a 24-hour hotline, and various handbooks on media law issues.
Academicians, state and federal agencies, and Congress regularly call on the Committee for advice and expertise, and it has become the leading advocate for reporters' interest in cyberspace.
Important as these activities are, the Committee's primary mission remains serving working journalists -- 2,000 of them every year. And since its founding, no reporter has ever paid for the Committee's help in defending First Amendment rights. This is the incarnation of the founders' vision and the Committee's proudest achievement." - [1]

Steering Committee (2005.05.27)


Reporters Committee Staff (2005.05.27)


Projects and Services

Contact information

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
1815 N. Fort Myer Drive, Suite 900,
Arlington, VA 22209.
Legal Defense Hotline: 1-800-336-4243
E-mail: rcfp AT