By: Mark Fitzgerald
Journalists assigned to next week’s Democratic National Convention in Boston will have a hotline for free legal assistance if they find themselves arrested or detained while covering demonstrations or disturbances.
The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press (RCFP) and volunteer attorneys with the law firm of Prince, Lobel, Glovsky & Tye LLP will operate a 24-hour Media Hotline for credentialed journalists covering the convention. “Police and other officials will cooperate with hotline lawyers to minimize problems for journalists arrested or detained during demonstrations or other disturbances that occur during the convention,” RCFP said in a release.
The hotline number, 888-428-7490, will be available to all journalists carrying DNC credentials throughout the convention. The lawyers staffing the hotline will be Joe Steinfield, Rob Bertsche, David Plotkin, and Jeffrey Pyle. In addition, the general Reporters Committee hotline will be available as a backup at 800-336-4243.
An RCFP flyer outlining procedures for resolving problems arising from detention or arrest will be available at the Media Operations Center in the Fleet Center, or from the organization’s Web site at http://www.rcfp.org/news/documents/dnc2004.pdf.