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.

Author Jon Krakauer speaks in 2016 on campus sexual assault

Media coalition asks Supreme Court to hear author Krakauer’s appeal for access to campus safety records

December 9, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Employee Restrictions on Speaking to the Media and Requirements for Campus Journalists to Divulge Sources

December 2, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on the Blocking of Social Media Posts by a County Government Official

November 20, 2019

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

November 13, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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"The local answers for fighting drug addiction in particular communities can be obscured in a sea of inadequate, unsound or just plain wrong data." #datadeserts

Joined by @SPLC, @NewsEditors, @spj_tweets @NFOIC and others, we're urging the Supreme Court to hear author Jon Krakauer's FOI case, an opportunity to set sensible boundaries on the needlessly confusing FERPA privacy statute.

“That’s the problem with nondisclosure agreements. ... When they become overly broad, their very existence becomes a problem.” -#UFLaw Prof Mark Fenster @mfenster21 quoted in @latimes

"PR gatekeeping culture" on college campuses is impeding student journalists' access to news sources. Reporters say they're sometimes forced to make do with a prepared PR statement in place of first-hand information.

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