The Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press on Tuesday announced a $1 million gift from Amazon co-founder, Jeff Bezos.
The gift from Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post newspaper, is the largest-ever gift to the media rights watchdog.
David Boardman, Chairman, Reporters Committee, said, "This generous gift will help us continue to grow, to offer our legal and educational support to many more news organizations, and to expand our services to independent journalists, nonprofit newsrooms and documentary filmmakers."
He added, "We'll also be better positioned to help local newsrooms, the places hit hardest by the disruption in the news industry and whose survival is every bit as crucial to American democracy as those entities headquartered in Washington and New York."
The Reporters Committee also announced it will play a role in administering the First Look Media Press Freedom Defense Fund of up to $6 million.
First Look, a news organization established by eBay founder, Pierre Omidyar has announced that it will increase its funding for its press freedom fund to $2 million and offer an additional $2 million in matching funds.
Both Bezos and Omidyar have cited a need for efforts to support an independent press.