Brechner Center for Freedom of Information

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, under the direction of Frank LoMonte, was recognized in the editorial, “Clear Communication from Law Enforcement is Crucial,” published in the Seattle Times on June 26. The editorial focuses on the criticism the King County (Wash.)…

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Posted: July 2, 2018

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the author of the opinion piece, “Who’s Willing to Bet that State Lotteries are Free of Manipulation?,” published in The Washington Post on June 12. In the article, LoMonte raises the concern…

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Posted: June 14, 2018

Responding to high-profile cases in which law enforcement agencies’ failure to timely inform the public about police shootings and aggravated public distrust, the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information is issuing guidelines for agencies to consider in informing the public when officers use force. The report, “Transparency and Media Relations…

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Posted: June 12, 2018

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was the quoted in “Does Morgan Freeman Have a Defamation Case Against CNN for Misconduct Story?” published on TheWrap on May 30. The article focuses on Morgan Freeman’s claim that CNN committed “journalistic…

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Posted: May 31, 2018

In a case reminiscent of the dispute over President Trump’s blocking of critics from his Twitter feed, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project are supporting the free-speech case of a Texas police critic who was…

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Posted: May 31, 2018

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was the co-author of “Don’t Expect Professors to Get Fired When They Say Something You Don’t Like” published in The Conversation on May 7. In the article, LoMonte and co-author David Jadon, a…

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Posted: May 8, 2018

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was the author of “Beyond the Hashtag: Saving Student Newsrooms” published on Medium on April 25. LoMonte discusses the UF-born #SaveStudentNewsrooms awareness campaign created in response to First Amendment issues at U.S. colleges…

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Posted: May 3, 2018

Frank LoMonte, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, was quoted in “Clear Backpacks Another Target in the Widening War on Kids,” published in the Sun-Sentinel on April 3. The article focuses on a survey asking people to weigh in on whether…

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Posted: April 4, 2018

Frank LoMonte, Brechner Center for Freedom of Information director, is the author of “How #MeToo Will Change the Way Colleges Choose Presidents” published in The Chronicle of Higher Education on March 25.

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Posted: March 27, 2018

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) will be relocating its headquarters to the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) by summer 2018. UFCJC will now be home to three units at the forefront of freedom of information and First Amendment issues: NFOIC, the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project.

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Posted: March 15, 2018

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information Director Frank LoMonte and Brechner Legal Fellow Linda Riedemann Norbut are the co-authors of “Failing New York Times v. Trump: Is There a First Amendment Claim for Official Condemnation by Tweet” published in the Winter 2018 issue of Communications Lawyer.

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Posted: March 5, 2018

Frank LoMonte, director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, is quoted in “The Time is Right for a Journalism Protection Law. But We Need a Federal Shield Law” published in the Columbia Journalism Review on Feb. 9.

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Posted: February 16, 2018