Reporters Committee Launches Arrest Hotline for Journalists at Democratic Convention

Aug 1, 2004

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has established a 24-hour free Media Hotline for credentialed journalists who run into legal trouble while covering the Democratic National Convention in Boston next week.

In cooperation with the law firm of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP, the hotline is for journalists who are interfered with or assaulted covering the news, or who are arrested or detained during demonstrations or other disturbances, for the duration of the convention.

The Hotline telephone number is +1.888.428.7490 and will be available to all journalists who have been issued DNC credentials. Lawyers staffing the hotline include Joe Steinfield, Rob Bertsche, David Plotkin, and Jeffrey Pyle. The backup telephone number is the Reporters Committee's hotline, which is +1.800.336.4243.

A flyer outlining procedures for resolving problems arising from detention or arrest is online athttp://www.rcfp.org/news/documents/dnc2004.pdf.

The Washington-based Reporters Committee, a nonprofit association of reporters and editors established in 1970, provides cost-free legal advice and research assistance to journalists and their lawyers. The Reporters Committee has established such hotlines at national conventions since 1972.

For further information, contact executive director Lucy Dalglish at the Reporters Committee, +1.703.807.2100, or Joe Steinfield or Rob Bertsche at Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP, +1.617.456.8018.