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 groups support public access to school surveillance videos

February 1, 2018

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Open college presidential searches to public scrutiny, Brechner Center’s director writes

January 9, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Comments on the Lack of Criminal Charges for Denying Records Requests

December 12, 2017

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Freedom of the Press in Schools

December 12, 2017

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CT high court will decide whether the privacy rights of deceased people can trump the public's interest in seeing papers belonging to the Sandy Hook school shooter.

Reports of insider dealing at the University of Michigan Foundation are prompting calls for greater transparency in how investment decisions are made.

One of many examples of how digitizing records fails to live up to its potential to expedite public access, because those in power don't want it to: Cook County improperly delayed access to e-filed cases, judge finds.

Enterprising work from nonprofit news site @readfrontier to catalog police shootings across Oklahoma. Donor-supported news is absorbing more and more responsibility for civic watchdog reporting.

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