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The Cost of a Free Press


The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and its attorneys offer an unrivaled breadth of service, materials, and knowledge on all aspects of media law. Yet in the more than 40 years since our founding, no journalist has ever been charged for our services.

With all of our resources now available free on our website, the doors are wide open to anyone who wants to know more about access to government and their First Amendment rights.

Numerous foundations, media companies and individual donors have shown their confidence in the Reporters Committee and their appreciation for the work we do with generous financial support. These grants and donations are essential to our continued operations and are very much appreciated.

The Reporters Committee also raises operating revenue from our First Amendment Awards Dinner.

Demand for the services and resources offered by the Reporters Committee and its attorneys is higher than it has ever been, and we continue to expand our offerings to meet the evolving needs of journalists in all media. The costs of these offerings, however, continues to increase, unfortunately at a time when donations are softer across the board.

Nevertheless, the Reporters Committee will never charge a journalist in need. That is a central tenet established by our founders and one that remains strongly held by current leadership.

But it makes the need for your financial help all the greater. You believe in a free press, a free society and the promise of the First Amendment that people living in a participatory democracy have the right to know what their government is doing. With a donation to the Reporters Committee, you are helping us to defend those principles.


Thank you.



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