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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 Pens Op-Ed on How State Lotteries Can be Vulnerable to Manipulation

June 14, 2018

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Brechner Center Issues “Best Practices” Guide for Police to Inform Journalists and the Community of Officer-Involved Shootings

June 10, 2018

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Alleged Defamation of Morgan Freeman by CNN

May 31, 2018

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First Amendment advocates support citizens’ right to criticize government agencies on Facebook

May 30, 2018

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Frank D. LoMonte


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A Florida government critic will get his day in court to prove the city council had him arrested for expressing disagreeable views. We were pleased to support his First Amendment claims in this amicus brief:

Clay Calvert@ProfClayCalvert

Lozman wins!

Why access to reliable data matters: Marjory Stoneman Douglas wasn't flagged as a school with safety problems, because school authorities didn't tell the state about all the crimes reported to campus police, @SunSentinel reports.

#ire2018 Bring your toughest public-relations stumpers to Room Crystal E this morning at 10:15 and let's talk about prying public records loose from recalcitrant agencies, with @mirandareporter.

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