Reporters Committee attorneys represent journalist Azmat Khan in FOIA lawsuit for records on civilian casualties in Iraq and Syria

Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press have filed a lawsuit on behalf of award-winning freelance journalist Azmat Khan against the United States Department of Defense and Central Command (CENTCOM) after the agencies failed to comply with her Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests for records related to civilian casualties in the U.S-led campaign…

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BAE Systems moves to enter State Department FOIA fight

Two large defense contracting firms are seeking to enter a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit where the Associated Press is demanding details on a settlement the State Department reached with one of the companies over export control violations.

BAE Systems plc, a British company, and BAE Systems Inc., its U.S.-based affiliate, filed motions in federal court in Washington Thursday asking to intervene in the case. Continue…

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Hearings Begin In Journalist’s Freedom Of Information Lawsuit Against DEA

A judge in U.S. District Court in Rhode Island began hearings Wednesday in a lawsuit against the Federal Drug Enforcement Agency, spurred by a local journalist.

Providence-based writer Phil Eil, says he’s fought for more than five years to obtain access to thousands of pages of public evidence from a pill-mill trial, about which he plans to write a book. Continue…

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Techdirt: Senator Wyden Warns That The Justice Department Is Lying To The Courts; Also Still Worried About Secret Law

Techdirt:  We've been noting for years: when Senator Ron Wyden says that (1) there's a secret interpretation of a law that is at odds with the public's understanding of it, or (2) that government officials are lying, you should pay attention.  Continue…

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Chicago Tribune sues city over release of emails

The Chicago Tribune sued the city of Chicago on Wednesday in a dispute over the news organization's public records request for emails from the office of Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

The complaint, filed in Cook County Circuit Court, said the Tribune sought 25 email chains that may be related to a multimillion-dollar no-bid Chicago Public Schools contract now at the center of a federal criminal investigation.  Continue>>>

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NAMA loses appeal over information requests

The judgment was given in a dispute about National Asset Management Agency's (NAMA) status, which arose after a journalist sought certain information in relation to the agency.

Former Information Commissioner Emily O'Reilly ruled in 2011 NAMA should be subject to environmental information requests because it is a public authority.  Continue>>>

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