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Digital Journalist’s Legal Guide
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Everything online journalists need to protect their legal rights. This free resource culls from all Reporters Committee resources and includes exclusive content on digital media law issues.
Reporters Committee reminds journalists of legal assistance hotline ahead of demonstrations in Charlottesville and D.C.
August 8, 2018

UPDATE (Aug. 8, 2018): This post has been update to include information provided by the City of Charlottesville and the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia (MPD) related to media operations and briefing areas, prohibited items, and contact information for press inquiries and in the event of an arrest or other incident.

Ahead of planned demonstrations marking the one-year anniversary of the ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville that turned violent, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reminds journalists that our Legal Defense Hotline is available seven days a week for journalists who need legal support.

How Do the Police Police Themselves?

The results of Freedom of Information Law requests filed in court by the New York Civil Liberties Union to find information on 23 police departments and their their policies on high-stakes interactions like uses of force, data on whom they stop and why, and how they train their officers. Over 15,600 pages of documents, many of which the public has never seen, to piece together a comprehensive understanding of what rules govern police actions.