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of Justice Freedom of Information Act, FOIA
This site provides a revised reference guide on FOIA, along
with attachments, which include who to contact for FOIA requests
at federal agencies and descriptions of recent litigation.
Society of Professional Journalists, http://spj.org/foi.asp
SPJ has resources, such as an FOIA toolkit and an FOIA committee,
to support open records and open government and help journalists
who can't get access to records.
Public Records Online Directory, http://www.netronline.com/public_records.htm
This site has a collection of state and local government websites
that allow the public to retrieve open records through the Internet.
is a coalition of journalists, consumer and good government
groups, environmentalists, labor and others that seek to make
the federal government more open and hold it accountable for
complying with the Freedom of Information Act.
The FAC has a collection of headlines and editorials about first
amendment issues, and has resources for investigating recent
First Amendment cases and First Amendment programs.
Media Access, http://www.mediaaccess.org/
Media Access is a "non-profit, public interest telecommunications
law firm" that defends the First Amendment rights of the
Prometheus Radio Project,
PRP offers "legal, technical and organizational support"
to noncommercial community broadcasters.
Center for Media
and Democracy, http://www.prwatch.org/
"The nonprofit Center for Media and Democracy works to
strengthen democracy by promoting media that are 'of, by and
for the people.'" That includes a PR watch, a daily report
on spin in the news, and SourceWatch, a directory of people
shaping the news.
LAWS ON TAPING
This site goes to Al Tompkin's telephone taping checklist, with
general laws to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to
tape a conversation.
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press,
This site provides a state-by-state guide on taping laws, a
list of citations for cases on taping, and information about
other faq's like taping cellular phone conversations and taping
interstate phone calls.
This site has a lawyer locator. Find a lawyer by location, firm
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