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FOIA News: New Data on Media-Requester FOIA Lawsuits During Trump Administration

FOIA News (2018)Ryan MulveyComment

Media Lawsuits Seeking Government Records Jump Under Trump

The FOIA Project, Aug. 2, 2018

The annual number of lawsuits filed by news organizations and reporters to obtain federal government records was up sharply during the first year and a half of the Trump Administration. On an annual basis, news media Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filings rose above 100 for the first time.  This is a dramatic increase compared with levels during the presidency of George W. Bush and the first term of President Obama when the annual number of media FOIA suits usually fluctuated year-by-year between 10 and 20 filings.

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