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Oregon 1 of 5 states to get free legal help for journalists; Enterprise participating

The Malheur Enterprise is part of the Local Legal Initiative, a fund in Oregon that will employ a lawyer to help defend newsrooms throughout the state against legal threats. (The Enterprise/Yadira Lopez)

Oregon is one of five states where journalists will soon receive free legal help, the national  Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press announced Tuesday. 

The Local Legal Iniative fund will employ a lawyer in Oregon to help defend local newsrooms throughout the state against the threat of lawsuits and assist with gaining access to public records, among other legal services. 

The Malheur Enterprise is part of the Oregon effort.

The Reporters Committee was founded in 1970 by journalists and media lawyers to provide legal resources for . . .