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If you find yourself in a situation where police are trying to impede press coverage, the Reporters Committee offers the following advice:
Always carry and clearly display your press credentials issued by police or other recognized official authority.
Report on events in a way that does not interfere with or obstruct police activities.
Bring government-issued photo identification. If you are detained without ID, the police likely will hold you until positive identification can be made.
Carry cash to post bond, if possible.
If you are detained, comply with police orders and identify yourself as a member of the press. Ask the arresting officer to notify a supervisor that a reporter is being detained.
If you do not have access to legal counsel through your news organization and you are arrested while covering or photographing a news event, call the Reporters Committee legal hotline at 1-800-336-4243 or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.