NFOIC signs brief urging release of New Jersey corrections officer’s settlement agreement

The National Freedom of Information Coalition, along with a dozen other organizations, joined a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press amicus brief in a New Jersey case concerning access to settlement agreements between public employees and public agencies. Libertarians for Transparent Government sought a settlement agreement between a former corrections officer and Cumberland County,…

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Pennsylvania coalition to cohost discussion about challenges and successes of state’s transparency laws

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and Pennsylvania Freedom of Information Coalition on Tuesday, March 16, 2021, will host a virtual discussion of transparency in the Keystone State in celebration of Sunshine Week. The event will bring together journalists, media law attorneys, researchers and transparency advocates to talk about the challenges and successes of…

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Through public records lawsuits, RCFP’s Local Legal Initiative seeks to improve Pennsylvania’s Right to Know Law

Attorneys for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press are currently fighting in court to help Pennsylvania journalists gain access to records that should be released under the state’s Right to Know Law. If they’re successful, reporters from local news organizations will be able to access records that reveal a forensic audit of a…

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New report shows American voters overwhelmingly support press freedom but are missing signs it’s under threat

Amid an alarming confluence of threats to journalists and the news media, there is a lack of urgency among American voters around the idea that press freedom is at risk in the U.S., according to a new research report released Wednesday by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.  A majority of voters, 52 percent,…

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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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Journalists win lawsuit to release police department planning documents during Charlottesville rally

Following a lawsuit brought by two freelance journalists represented by attorneys from the Reporters Committee, the public will have access to more information about how the Charlottesville Police Department and Virginia State Police planned for the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally. The rally left 19 injured and led to the death of 32-year-old Heather…

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Open government means open courts: How the Reporters Committee is working to shine a light on the judicial system

Earlier this month, in celebration of Sunshine Week, we turned our attention to highlighting the value of transparency and public information to our communities, both large and small. However, year-round we must continue to remember the importance of advocating for transparency and work to protect the rights of journalists who are shining a light into…

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D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals side with Reporters Committee in FBI impersonation lawsuit

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals side with Reporters Committee in FBI impersonation lawsuit On Friday, the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit sided with the Reporters Committee and the Associated Press, overturning a district court ruling in their Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the FBI and the Department of Justice.    In…

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The Reporters Committee Receives MacArthur Foundation Grant

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has been awarded a two-year grant totaling $450,000 from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in support of RCFP’s work defending journalists’ legal rights in the face of increased threats to press freedom. The funding will go directly toward offering journalists and media organizations free legal resources to protect their First Amendment rights.

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DC: Federal judge just disclosed how often law enforcement asked to secretly track electronic records

A federal judge released a list Wednesday of all sealed requests made in Washington in 2012 for Americans’ telephone and Internet activity, a step toward bringing more public scrutiny to rapidly expanding secret law enforcement activities.

The action came in a case brought by a journalist to unseal a much larger collection of information about court-ordered electronic surveillance in closed criminal investigations in the nation’s capital.

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