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The Press Freedom Litigation Fund

Launched in July 2014, First Look Media's Press Freedom Litigation Fund was designed to strengthen the ability of journalists and others to pursue legal fights where a substantial public interest is at stake. Grants under the program are used to fund challenges to government policies or actions that restrict press freedoms or denials of freedom of information act requests; motions to quash subpoenas seeking source information or journalistic material; defamation cases where the underlying report concerns a matter of public interest; access cases to closed proceedings or sealed documents; and amicus efforts in support of press freedom.

To date, the PFLF has provided grants to support the legal appeals of U.S. Army intelligence analyst turned whistleblower Chelsea Manning, Miranda v. Secretary of State for the Home Department and the defense of a defamation case launched against Sahara Reporters and its editor Patrick Sowore by Nigerian Senator Musiliu Obanikoro. Journalists or lawyers who are seeking such support should contact us via email at [email protected] and should include a proposed litigation budget as well as a description of how the litigation at issue furthers press freedom.

First Look Media has also provided grants in support of press freedom to Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press; Electronic Frontier Foundation; the Freedom of the Press Foundation; and the First Amendment Coalition among other recipients.