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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Knight FOI Fund Awards its First Funds

With the newly created Knight FOI Fund, the National Freedom of Information Coalition is helping Florida citizens seek answers to important questions of FOI law, including the scope of public access to economic development documents in Sarasota and whether handwritten notes used by a government official during a public meeting are subject to disclosure.

The Knight FOI Fund provides up-front costs such as court costs, filing fees, depositions, and initial consulting fees for FOI cases that would otherwise go unfiled. The economic crisis and the evolution of the news media revealed declining levels in FOI advocacy, which the Knight FOI Fund seeks to rectify. Applications for grants come from NFOIC member coalitions and are vetted by the NFOIC's Litigation Committee.

For more information, click here.

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