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 the Need for FERPA Reform

December 13, 2018

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In a Win for Transparency, Pennsylvania Court Orders Release of School Bus Surveillance Video

December 10, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Comments About Social Media Free Speech Lawsuit

December 7, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Public Records Requests and Redaction of Information

December 6, 2018

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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The Portland police department is promising faster turnaround on public-records requests after reporting by @Oregonian showed that requesters -- even accident victims -- were waiting months for pricey copies of police reports.

Concealing videos that document employee misconduct on the grounds of "student privacy" is a misuse of the federal FERPA statute, as more and more judges are figuring out, including this one in Michigan.

Of note: The @BrechnerCenter offered to come to Portland for free and help look for solutions. The mayor's office did not so much as acknowledge the offer, even though the cash-strapped bureau is trying to find ways to improve.

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