COVID-19: Press Freedom and Government Transparency – RCFP – Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press

Posted: March 19, 2020 at 11:45 pm

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has published new resources outlining recommendations for journalists, legislators, and courts to ensure the press and publics right of access to government information and proceedings is protected while entities take necessary steps to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Press freedom and government transparency during COVID-19 addresses frequently asked questions that journalists and others may have about court access, public records and open meetings, and the impact of measures implemented under governments emergency powers in response to the coronavirus. Specifically, it provides guidance on:

The Reporters Committee will continue to update these resources and others as the situation around COVID-19 and how federal, state, and local governments respond to it evolves. Anyone who has information about government responses to COVID-19 that impact newsgathering rights or public access should submit them to media@rcfp.org. The Reporters Committee will use this material for addditional updates as conditions warrant.

Journalists who have questions about or need assistance with their legal rights, or who encounter issues while reporting on COVID-19, can contact the Reporters Committees hotline by filling out an online form, emailing hotline@rcfp.org, or calling 1-800-336-4243.

View Press freedom and government transparency during COVID-19.

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