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.

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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.

Rachael Jones and Virginia Hamrick Author Article on NDAs and the #MeToo Movement

November 13, 2019

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Frank LoMonte and Jasmine McNealy Comment on Removing Archived Articles

November 8, 2019

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Brechner Center to Co-Sponsor Gainesville Freedom of Information Workshop

November 1, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on the Overzealous Sealing of Court Records

October 29, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte
Director

352-392-2273
flomonte@ufl.edu

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
2096 Weimer Hall
P.O. Box 118400
Gainesville, Fla. 32611

Federal report: Data-gathering on hate crimes is "deeply flawed" and vastly undercounts actual instances, because law enforcement agencies' reporting is purely voluntary. #datadeserts https://www.propublica.org/article/police-dont-do-a-good-job-tracking-hate-crimes-a-new-report-calls-on-congress-to-take-action

California's A.G. threatened legal action against college journalists if they didn't give back an "inadvertently" released list of police officers with criminal records.
Good thing they didn't.
https://www.desertsun.com/story/news/2019/11/10/investigation-finds-630-california-police-officers-convicted-crimes/4167322002/

Why is it important for law enforcement agencies to obey FOI law? “FOIA is a powerful tool for holding the government accountable and ensuring we are all treated fairly.” https://chicago.cbslocal.com/2019/11/13/why-foia-matters-chicago-public-records-videos/

If you're in or near Gainesville this Wednesday, Nov. 13, join @mirandareporter for a free @GainesvilleSun-sponsored workshop at @UFLaw about how to obtain and use public data and documents. Details: https://www.gainesville.com/opinion/20191101/nathan-crabbe-invitation-to-learn-how-to-get-public-records

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