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.

Open-government advocates unite to support transparency in university foundation finances

April 22, 2019

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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 D. LoMonte


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

Don’t unduly restrict the public's access to info about abused and neglected children, @RMcClureIW urged the state. "It’s very difficult to try to hold the state’s feet to the fire with all the exemptions... and that’s our job.” #waleg #opengov

Kentucky state police are fighting in court to withhold records of police use-of-force cases that other law enforcement agencies routinely make available to the public.

Column: Dallas candidates haven't embraced the importance of open data, and in the absence of strong municipal leadership, departments aren't even sharing data internally with each other, let alone the public.

This revealing look at the level of influence that Coca-Cola exerts over the research it sponsors would be impossible to conduct in states that hide university foundation documents behind sweetheart public-records exemptions.

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