Know Your Rights: A Legal Training for Reporters

Part of the Best Practices for Covering Protests webinar series

Event Details

Thursday June 11, 2020 1:00 pm
Zoom Webinar

Presented by PEN America, in partnership with the Committee to Protect Journalists, International Women's Media Foundation, Freedom of the Press Foundation, and the Dart Center

Join lawyer and First Amendment expert Nora Benavidez for a legal training for journalists who want to learn more about their rights while covering the protests, including those with dense law enforcement presence. This training will include a review of your constitutional rights, what to do if you get arrested, how to preserve your legal claims in the event your rights are violated, and other legal issues when dealing with various law enforcement agencies.

About the Best Practices for Covering Protests series

Amid the sustained protests against police brutality in recent weeks, the US Press Freedom Tracker has already recorded over 380 press freedom violations, including over 50 arrests and over 200 physical attacks against reporters — the majority perpetrated by the police. In response, we have developed a webinar series to empower journalists to take care of their safety and well being as they cover the protests, with an emphasis on their legal rights, physical safety, digital safety, and mental health.


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