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FAC to California Court of Appeal: The Public Can’t See What No Longer Exists

FAC recently filed a “friend of court” brief in a California Court of Appeal case addressing an issue of critical importance to the public’s ability to obtain records under the California Public Records Act: should a CPRA requester be required to get a court order—an injunction—to prevent the government from destroying records? The clear answer […]

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Martin Reynolds and Nate Cardozo Join FAC’s Board of Directors

The First Amendment Coalition is delighted to announce the appointment of two new members to its Board of Directors: Martin Reynolds, director of Reveal Investigative Fellowships at the Center for Investigative Reporting and Co-Executive Director of The Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education; and Nate Cardozo, Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation. […]

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FAC To LAPD: Police Bodycam Footage is a Public Record and Must Be Released

The First Amendment Coalition recently urged the Los Angeles Police Department to promptly and publicly release footage from “bodycams” — tiny, body-worn cameras now used by thousands of police officers in the nation’s third largest police department. FAC submitted written comments to the Los Angeles Police Commission in response to that agency’s request for public input […]

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New FAC Lawsuit To Tackle Growing Use of “Reverse CPRA” Suits

FAC sues Milpitas for access to information about alleged misconduct by city officials A new lawsuit filed by the First Amendment Coalition against the city of Milpitas highlights the growing use of so-called “reverse California Public Records Act” suits to pre-empt the public’s right of access to information about their government.   FAC’s lawsuit, filed […]

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FAC Joins Amicus on Hassell v. Bird

FAC Joins Brief Urging California Supreme Court to Hold That Internet Content Providers Have a Right Under the First Amendment to Defend Speech on Their Websites

FAC recently joined an amicus brief urging the California Supreme Court to overrule a lower court’s conclusion that Yelp could be required to remove content from its website — even though Yelp never had notice and an opportunity to challenge such an order. The ruling contradicts fundamental First Amendment principles, including the notion that publishers […]

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FAC Supports CA AB 1479

California Assembly Bill 1479 Would Add Much-Needed Teeth to Disclosure Requirements Under the California Public Records Act

One of the most frequent complaints FAC hears from people seeking records under the California Public Records Act (CPRA) is that government agencies simply ignore the law’s requirement that the government respond to a request within a certain time frame.  One reason government agencies do this is that there is very little cost to doing […]

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RSVP today for FAC & KPCC’s Forum: Fake News and the First Amendment: How to tell fact from fiction

Join FAC’ s Executive Director David Snyder and KPCC – Southern California Public Radio host Alex Cohen for a discussion of the potential impacts of fake news on the First Amendment–How can individuals and news organizations stop the spread of misinformation? And what tools are being developed to help people identify fake news for themselves?–with […]

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California Supreme Court: Public Officials Cannot Conceal Emails From Public By Sending From Personal Email Accounts

The California Supreme Court ruled on March 2 that emails sent from the personal email accounts of government officials are subject to the California Public Records Act — a significant ruling with a far-reaching, positive impact on the public’s right to know. The unanimous ruling shuts off the government’s ability to conceal information from the […]

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