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.

Frank LoMonte Comments on College Admissions Scandal

April 15, 2019

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Hearst Foundations Awards Brechner Center $125,000 to Address Government “Data Deserts”

April 9, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Pending Florida Legislation Limiting Access to University President Searches

April 9, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Social Media Posts and Florida’s Record Retention Law

April 4, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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Courts everywhere are struggling with whether surveillance videos depicting matters of public concern in schools can be withheld as "education records" under the FERPA privacy law. This Georgia case is the latest:

Kudos to Professor Margaret Kwoka from @UofDenver for research that helped @CoFOIC open police investigation records, signed into law Friday ( That is awesome #FOI #FOIA #NFOIC research that makes a difference!

It's been a challenging Florida legislative session for open government, but some of the most aggressive secrecy bills have been diluted along the way.

UGA First Amendment scholar Sonja West enters frenemy Gator territory to inform UF med students about the law of free speech in healthcare professions, the state of which she characterizes as “a hot mess.”

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