FOIA

First Amendment Coalition Sues DOJ Over Seizure Of Reporter’s Records

First Amendment Coalition Sues DOJ Over Seizure Of Reporter’s Records

September 19, 2018: FAC: Justice Department Violated FOIA By Withholding Documents The First Amendment Coalition filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in San Francisco alleging that the DOJ violated the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) by failing to provide the documents related to the secret collection of a journalist’s phone and email records.  FAC[Read More…]

September 20, 2018 FOIA, Press, Secrecy, Top Stories
The Feeling of Being Watched Debuts at Tribeca Film Festival Highlighting the Need For FOIA And Open Records Access

The Feeling of Being Watched Debuts at Tribeca Film Festival Highlighting the Need For FOIA And Open Records Access

FAW attended the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival screening of the documentary of “The Feeling of Being Watched” which details the quest of Assia Boundaoui to uncover information on the FBI’s “Operation Vulgar Betrayal,” a wide-ranging pre-9/11 FBI counterterrorism investigation, conducted during the 1990s and 2000s, that aimed to track Middle Eastern terrorist funds but ended in sweeping surveillance of Muslim communities. Boundaoui pushes the government for transparency using FOIA and later suing the Department of Justice.

April 26, 2018 Access, FOIA, Top Stories
The Limits of Transparency and FOIA Under Trump

The Limits of Transparency and FOIA Under Trump

Transparency is often an attractive buzzword for new administrations, but following through on open access has proven difficult. President Obama’s record on transparency and the federal  Freedom of Information Act was less than stellar. In the opening months of his term, President Trump has shown a similar wariness in allowing private citizens to access public records. Activists are challenging this resistance on the streets and in the courts. As we ready for Sunshine Week 2018, we look at the the successes and setbacks of FOIA.

March 14, 2018 Below the Fold, FOIA, News Gathering