$2M Grant Aims to Boost Open-Records Efforts

I read this AP article thought some folks around Worcester would be interested, the article is a bit stale as the source was printed on Monday January 4th, 2010. If you belong to a group that is seeking more government transparency you may have an opportunity to get a little boost from a new grant. The National Freedom of Information Coalition announced a $2 million grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The three-year grant will fund court costs, filing fees, depositions and other expenses related to open-records requests. The article suggest that the grant will be “crucial to stemming an expected drop in freedom of information advocacy because of the economic crisis”. According to the article , a recent survey conducted by the NFOIC, suggests open-records litigation will decline dramatically in the coming years, in part because struggling news outlets are reluctant to spend money fighting such cases.

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