FOIA

People seeking government information to make their communities better face frustrations and obstacles because of high copy fees, according to a new study “To Fee or Not to Fee: Requester Attitude Toward Freedom of Information Charges, co-authored by David Cuillier, director of the Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Project at the…

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Posted: November 8, 2023

The Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information (FOI) Project at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications partnered with the Student Press Law Center to launch the 2023 Student Freedom of Information (FOI) Awards. The two inaugural recipients in the college and high school divisions received cash awards of $2,000 and $1,000, respectively. In…

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Posted: November 8, 2023

David Cuillier, director of the Brechner Freedom of Information Project, is quoted in “Curious Commonwealth Asks: Are Virginia Open Records Laws Weaker Than Other States?” published on the website for Virginia Public Media on Oct. 25. The story investigates the strength of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) laws in Virginia…

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Posted: November 5, 2023

David Cuillier, director of the Brechner Freedom of Information Project, is quoted in “Access to Public Records is ‘Deteriorating Terribly’” published on route-fifty.com on Oct. 31. The article focuses on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ recommendation to change Florida’s records law to exempt the governor’s travel records. Not only would the…

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Posted: November 5, 2023

David Cuillier, director of the  Brechner Freedom of Information Project, and Janet Coats, managing director of UF’s Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, participated on panels for the virtual National Freedom of Information Coalition summit from Oct. 3-5. Cuillier participated in two sessions. The first, “School Shootings and Public Records,” focused on…

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Posted: October 9, 2023

David Cuillier, director of the Brechner Freedom of Information Project, is quoted in “After a Decade, FOIAonline is Shutting Down. What’s Next for FOIA Requestors? ” published on muckrock.com on Sept. 26, 2023. For more than a decade, the Environmental Protection Agency hosted a portal for Freedom of Information Act…

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Posted: September 28, 2023

David Cuillier, director of the Brechner Freedom of Information Project, is quoted in “What Are They Hiding? State Agency Quotes High Fees to Bog Down Requests” published in the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Sept. 8, 2023 The article focuses on public records requests made by the Las Vegas Review-Journal to…

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Posted: September 14, 2023

ProPublica reporter Brett Murphy is the winner of the 2023 Brechner Center Freedom of Information Award for “Words of Conviction,” his investigation into the use of a technique used by police and prosecutors to treat people who called 911 for help as criminals themselves. On April 10, 2023, we sat…

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Posted: April 17, 2023

David Cuillier, incoming director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Freedom of Information Project, will be speaking at the 2023 Americans for Prosperity Foundation (AFPF) Sunshine Week Symposium. The online webinar will be on March 16 at 1 p.m. Cuillier will be one of six panelists discussing the…

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Posted: March 16, 2023

David Cuillier, incoming director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Freedom of Information Project, is the author of “Overclassification Overkill: The U.S. Government is Drowning in a Sea of Secrets” published in The Conversation on March 1. According to Cuillier, the U.S. has an overclassification problem which…

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Posted: March 3, 2023

The Brechner Freedom of Information Project is proud to partner with the Student Press Law Center for Student Press Freedom Day 2023: Bold Journalism and Brave Advocacy. Student journalists across the country practice Bold Journalism and Brave Advocacy every day. But most still aren’t afforded their full First Amendment press…

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Posted: February 23, 2023

By Lila Greenberg, B.S. Telecommunication 2022 The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information hosted its inaugural Brechner Speaker Series event featuring award-winning investigative journalist Jason Leopold. In collaboration with the Bob Graham Center for Public Service and the UF College of Journalism and Communication, the Brechner Center invited Leopold to…

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Posted: October 25, 2022