Inauguration legal hotline for journalists

18 01 2009

Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press has once again come through with a hotline providing assistance to journalists who are arrested or ticketed during the inauguration this week.

Here is the link to their story.

http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/index.php?i=9904

As with the political conventions, RCFP has provided a flier for journalists which has all of the necessary information on it.

http://www.rcfp.org/newsitems/docs/20090116_113554_inauguration_hotline.pdf

An important point from their flier:

If a camera, film, videotape, memory card or other newsgathering materials have been confiscated, be sure to politely inform police of any steps necessary to preserve that material. Most police officials know that they cannot lawfully destroy or otherwise ruin such materials.

My suggestion. Print out the flier and carry it with you. You won’t have internet access in the paddy wagon.

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