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“If the broad light of day could be let in upon men’s actions, it would purify them as the sun disinfects.” – Former Supreme Court Justice Lewis Brandeis


The Legal Defense Fund assists NewsFundr journalists who are forced to file Freedom of Information lawsuits to gain access to public information from local governments. At NewsFundr, we believe sunshine is the best disinfectant, and that a journalist’s personal financial situation should not be what determines whether an investigation continues.

The NewsFundr Legal Defense Fund also supports journalists who are detained in the course of their work, or who find themselves with a legal issue directly related to their work, freedom of information laws, or press freedom in general.

Readers can support the Legal Defense Fund by subscribing below, and by contributing to the crowdfunding campaigns of specific cases as they occur. Assistance is provided to journalists who apply on a rolling, case-by-case basis.

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