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.

Campus police records should be open for public inspection, Brechner-led coalition tells state Supreme Court

July 1, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Court Ruling Against Florida Environmental Activist

June 20, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Public Accountability for Florida Athletic Associations

June 18, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Authors Article on a Possible Threat to Whistleblower Rights

June 14, 2019

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Frank D. LoMonte


University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
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Illinois is making all sorts of public-health metrics (disease, injury, risk conditions) available in a map searchable by county and region. #opendata

A super-interesting (and publicly accessible) dataset that will help municipalities use resources better: How much are parking lots being used, at what times of the day, and at what cost?

Huge 1st Amendment win in Baltimore, as appeals court recognizes both right of whistleblower to speak out despite settlement agreement with police and right of news organizations to challenge government gag policies.

"Abuse of the public’s right to know" in Montana, where records reflecting why a state official overturned a football star's disciplinary sanctions will remain sealed on "student privacy" grounds.

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