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.

Imani Jackson Authors Guest Column on Florida Forever Funding for Fish Island

August 7, 2019

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Open-government expert Miranda Spivack joins Brechner Center to lead student investigative reporting projects

August 2, 2019

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Frank LoMonte Comments on Court’s Student Publication Free Press Decision

July 26, 2019

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Sara Ganim Nominated for News & Documentary Emmy Award

July 25, 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

On the theme that transparency = trust, one reason people are creeped out by learning the way their home voice assistants work is that tech firms have intentionally kept their workings a mystery.

Illinois judge isn't buying Chicago Police argument that officers' photos can be withheld on privacy grounds -- especially since the department has been putting officers' faces on the CPD Facebook page. #FOIA

Across the country, thin-skinned elected officials are pushing through constitutionally dubious policies that restrict citizen commenters from "personal attacks" on government employees, under threat of ejection by police.

Brechner's @FrankLoMonte explains why a proposed city ordinance in South Florida, restricting what council members can say to the media and threatening them with censure, risks unconstitutionally chilling political speech.

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