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Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline

The Reporters Committee Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline is available to journalists and media lawyers at any time, but non-emergency requests or questions about our services and publications will be answered more promptly during normal office hours (9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern).

Our hotline is for journalists and media lawyers only.  Please contact us using the form below, which is the fastest way to reach us.  Note that we cannot help with intellectual property issues (such as copyright and trademarks), labor and employment, or contract matters.

RCFP’s Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline is for informational purposes only. Contacting our hotline does not create an attorney-client relationship. Please do not submit confidential information through the hotline.

You can also contact the Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline by phone: 1-800-336-4243 or by email, hotline -at-

Student Journalists

Student journalists with questions about scholastic media should contact the Student Press Law Center.

Media Lawyer Volunteers

If you are a media law attorney who would like to help with pro bono representation of journalists, please email us at