Press freedom group launches pro bono initiative in Oklahoma

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS
11/15/2020 12:00 PM
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A group that supports freedom of the press by offering free legal services to journalists announced on Nov. 9 its plans to launch an initiative in Oklahoma to help local investigative and enterprise journalism.

The Washington, D.C.-based Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press said in a press release that Oklahoma lawyer KatieBeth Gardner has joined the group as its local attorney.

Gardner will provide pro bono legal support to journalists and news organizations reporting in communities across the state.

The group has launched similar Local Legal Initiative programs in Colorado, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Tennessee. 

“We’re glad to welcome KatieBeth to the Reporters Committee as we continue to grow our capacity to help local journalists and news organizations defend their newsgathering rights, access public records and court proceedings, and hold state and tribal government officials accountable,” Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, said in a statement. 

Among the donors to the Local Legal Initiative are the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and the Oklahoma City-based Inasmuch Foundation.

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