The Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is an incubator for ideas and initiatives that give the public timely and affordable access to the information necessary for informed, participatory citizenship. The Brechner Center works to educate journalists, policymakers and the general public about the law of access today and how it should work tomorrow. The Center is a source of research, expertise and advocacy about the law of gathering and disseminating news across all platforms and technologies.


To mark 40 years of service to the cause of open and accountable government, we asked thought leaders from media law and journalism education to reflect on the Brechner Center’s role, accomplishments, and future challenges. Read More.

CJC Brechner Center Noted for Report on Transparent Law Enforcement Communication

July 2, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Pens Op-Ed on How State Lotteries Can be Vulnerable to Manipulation

June 14, 2018

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Brechner Center Issues “Best Practices” Guide for Police to Inform Journalists and the Community of Officer-Involved Shootings

June 10, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Alleged Defamation of Morgan Freeman by CNN

May 31, 2018

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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"Revenge FOIA" cases by public agencies and officials against the media are an abuse of the judicial process. A California appeals court has the chance to say so, in a dispute over the former Sacramento mayor's records.

Column: Agencies have a "civic responsibility" to invest in the infotech tools that will enable them to fulfill FOI requests in space-age turnaround time.

In a win for school transparency, a judge has ruled that the Brigham Young University Police Department is subject to state open records laws. BYUPD is currently facing two additional appeals related to releasing public records.

Need a scorecard to keep track of the players in this multiparty FOI case, which raises an intriguing issue: When a city council member uses a personal account for work email, who's the custodian, the city or the individual?

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