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DoJ Takes Conflicting Positions in Congress: Continues to Deny FOIA Fee Waivers to Independent Journalists

by Matthew L. Schafer The OPEN Government Act of 2007 was passed to ensure that “anyone who gathers information to inform the public, including freelance journalist and bloggers, may seek a fee waiver when they request information under FOIA.” Under … Continue reading

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DoJ Ignores FOIA Requirements and Congressional Intent, Continues to Deny Fee Waivers to Bloggers

by Matthew L. Schafer The Department of Justice is refusing to follow its own interpretation of the Freedom of Information Act (“FOIA”) by declining to grant fee waiver requests to independent journalists and bloggers.  This comes despite Congress’s intent to … Continue reading

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Broken Promises: A Lack of Executive Branch Transparency in Obama’s First Term

by Matthew L. Schafer President Obama’s Administration has prosecuted more government whistleblowers than all other presidents combined and has subpoenaed nearly as many journalists as President Bush did during his first term.  Some also suggest that agencies under Obama have released … Continue reading

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