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Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline

The Reporters Committee Legal Defense and FOIA Hotline is available to journalists and media lawyers during normal business hours (Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. ET) using the form below. Outside normal business hours, you can reach us in an emergency — for example, if a journalist has been arrested or faces an imminent threat of arrest — by calling 1-800-336-4243.

Note that we cannot help with intellectual property issues (such as copyright and trademarks), labor and employment, or contract matters. For more information about when to use the legal hotline — and what to expect when you do — check out this Reporters Committee blog post.

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- rcfp.org.

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 volunteer@rcfp.org.