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Arizona First Amendment Coalition Media Hotline

For more than 20 years, the FAC’s Media Hotline has provided free over-the-phone advice to all bona fide journalists in the state, including those working for student newspapers and student broadcast stations. The focus of the FAC Media Hotline is to protect access to governmental news sources with emphasis on advice relating to the public?s rights (1) under the federal and state Open Meetings Laws to attend and report meetings of governmental bodies; (2) to obtain public records under the federal Freedom of Information Act and Arizona?s Public Records Law; (3) to resist search warrants and subpoenas; and (4) to attend, report and photograph court proceedings.

What does it cost to use the Media Hotline?
The Media Hotline is funded by the First Amendment Coalition of Arizona, Inc., of which the Arizona Newspapers Association is a major contributor through member dues. It is operated by Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, P.A., the attorneys for the First Amendment Coalition. There is no cost to the user up to the initiation of litigation. If court action is required, fee and cost arrangements are between the newspaper or broadcaster and Perkins Coie Brown & Bain or other law firm. For information about law firms in Arizona that handle such cases, contact ANA (602) 261-7655 Ext. 105.

What areas of advice and assistance are offered?
Access to federal and state records and meetings; access to court proceedings and records; access to public places; opposing gag orders; protecting confidential sources; opposing subpoenas and search warrants; obtaining camera access inside courtrooms.

Media/FAC Hotline
Perkins Coie Brown & Bain, P.A.
(602) 351-8000