With civil unrest occurring across the country, the First Amendment Legal Network (FELN), of which we are a part, is sharing a few resources for media covering these events.
Attorneys at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) are also monitoring its legal hotline for journalists, in case reporters have questions about their legal rights at protests, or need help finding an attorney. There are three ways to reach the hotline: rcfp.org/hotline, 800-336-4243, firstname.lastname@example.org. The Student Press Law Center also has a hotline for student journalists.
- RCFP’s Police, Protesters and the Press legal guide and accompanying tipsheet
- CPJ’s safety advisory and Safety Kit
- NPPA’s practical advice about covering high conflict news stories
- RCFP and our partners at the Press Freedom Tracker are tracking press freedom incidents across the country
- RCFP is also tracking curfew orders, and whether they exempt the news media
- Additionally, RCFP’s police body cam map (tracks policies related to the release of body cam footage) and Open Government Guide (includes information on accessing police records under each state’s open records laws) may be helpful tools for reporting