Convention Hotlines

Every four years since the 1972 conventions, the Reporters Committee has operated special convention hotlines for reporters who face legal hurdles, arrest or detention while covering the conventions or the protests surrounding them.

2016 Republican National Convention, Cleveland, July 18-21.


  • Arrestees during convention-related events will be held in the Justice Center Complex downtown (1200 Ontario St.) The municipal court will accept cash, Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card for posting bond, which varies depending on the charge.

More information

2016 Democratic National Convention, Philadelphia, July 25-28.


  • Anyone arrested at convention-related events for typical misdemeanor offenses will be given a citation near the scene of arrest and released, according to police.

More information.

The Reporters Committee’s regular legal defense hotline will also be available during the conventions. Callers with convention arrest problems will be connected with the lawyers in the convention cities.

Reporters Committee Hotline: 800-336-4243

We will also monitor hotline email ( and our Twitter account (@rcfp).

Hotline access is also available through any of our apps. See .

Hotline web page (this page):

Previous hotlines:

2012 Democratic National Convention, Charlotte, N.C., September 3 - 6. The hotline was staffed by attorneys with the law firm of McGuireWoods LLP led by Jonathan Buchan. View the flier
2012 Republican National Convention, Tampa, August 27 - 30. The hotline was staffed by attorneys with the law firm of Thomas & LoCicero PL. View the flier.

2008 Democratic National Convention. Denver, Aug. 25-28. The hotline was staffed by attorneys with the law firm of Levine, Sullivan, Koch & Schulz LLP. View the flier.

2008 Republican National Convention. St. Paul, Sept. 1-4. Attorneys Paul Hannah of Kelly & Berens and Bill Tilton and George Dunn of Tilton & Dunn handled the hotline calls. View the flier.