This year, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press turns 50. We, and our 2020 Dinner Chairs Amanda Bennett, Donald E. Graham, Norman Pearlstine, Brad Smith and Steven R. Swartz, were looking forward to celebrating with all of our friends, colleagues, and supporters on May 5 at the Freedom of the Press Awards.
But the COVID-19 global pandemic means that our event cannot proceed in-person as planned. We are exploring how to make this celebration a virtual one to be held in the fall. Our Freedom of the Press Award winners Ted Boutrous, Julie Brown, Amal Clooney, Jane Mayer, and Laura Moscoso, all deserve our accolades, and we are looking forward to honoring them in a special way. We will post updates here, and through our email and social media channels as we have them.
As you know, this gala raises significant funds for the pro bono work of the Reporters Committee, and we were on pace for a record-breaking year. Every single day, RCFP provides critical legal support to journalists and newsrooms all over the United States. In times of crisis, journalists need Reporters Committee lawyers more than ever to ensure access to government meetings, decisions, and records.
While we understand that there is exceptional turbulence in the world, we hope that you will continue to support the Reporters Committee this year.