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 Nicholas Sandmann Lawsuit Against The Washington Post

March 8, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Illegal Social Media Posts and First Amendment Rights

February 25, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Protecting Free Speech and Student Publications

February 15, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Students Sharing Information on Teachers Strike

February 13, 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

"FOIA is an important — but imperfect — tool for public transparency. Many times, reporters and the public shouldn’t take a public agency’s “no” for an answer." — @Jodiscohen

U.S. Rep. proposes to abolish confining campus speech into "free-speech zones," a move that's already been made in many states by statute or court decree.

Newsroom litigation budgets aren't what they used to be, but as @dankanenando explains, publications can successfully team up and share resources to shake loose records from hidebound agencies.

Catherine J. Ross, professor of law @gwlaw, explains the possible issues that could arise if @realDonaldTrump signs an executive order requiring colleges to support #freespeech on their campuses in order to receive federal research funds.

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