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FOIA News: News Reporters Drive Growth in Media FOIA Litigation

FOIA News (2017)Ryan MulveyComment

News Reporters Drive Growth in Media FOIA Litigation

By FOIA Project Staff, The FOIA Project, Jan. 9, 2017

Whether measured in sheer numbers or as a proportion of all Freedom of Information Act suits filed in federal district courts, the number of FOIA cases brought by reporters and news organization has substantially increased during the last four years.

This recent trend is exactly the opposite of what many commentators have suggested is now occurring. As the FOIA Project previously noted, the growing financial pressures that the industry has been experiencing was thought to make marshaling resources needed to mount such suits more difficult, while others also believed that the media as a whole has simply become less willing to haul federal bureaucrats to court.

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