In response to the disturbing number of clashes and threats of violence against the news media during the presidential primaries, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has launched a service to track and, when appropriate, respond to interference with newsgathering during the fall campaign.
“Elections and freedom of the press are cornerstones of our democracy that should work hand-in-hand to ensure an informed electorate,” said Reporters Committee Executive Director Bruce D. Brown. “The fact that reporters are facing unprecedented obstacles to basic reporting on the campaigns demands our attention – and action.”
Through Election Day, the Reporters Committee will monitor interference with the news media by the presidential and vice presidential campaigns, their organizations and staff, and law enforcement officials. Whenever possible, Reporters Committee attorneys will intervene with the candidates, parties, national and local officials and officers to stop these practices.
Journalists who are intimidated, harassed, or otherwise prevented from newsgathering in public forums on the campaign trail should report it at www.rcfp.org/campaign or by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org. Reporters Committee staff will also monitor Twitter (@rcfp) and Facebook (facebook.com/ReportersCommittee).
Incidents and follow-up will be reported as they develop at www.rcfp.org/campaign, where a sign up for updates is available as well.
About the Reporters Committee
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press was founded by leading journalists and media lawyers in 1970 when the nation’s news media faced an unprecedented wave of government subpoenas forcing reporters to name confidential sources. Today it provides pro bono legal representation, amicus curiae support, and other legal resources to protect First Amendment freedoms and the newsgathering rights of journalists. Funded by corporate, foundation and individual contributions, the Reporters Committee serves the nation’s leading news organizations; thousands of reporters, editors, and media lawyers; and many more who use our online and mobile resources. For more information, go to rcfp.org, or follow us on Twitter @rcfp.
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