Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press conducting survey through Aug. 16 on FOIA policy

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press wants your feedback on a "Release One, Release All" policy under the federal Freedom of Information Act. The organization is conducting a survey for journalists and news organizations on the policy, which calls for all records released from a FOIA request to be simultaneously posted online for public viewing.

"Some reporters have expressed concerns that simultaneous release of records might negatively affect their reporting, 'giving away' their scoops that come from FOIA releases," says a press release from the Reporters Committee. "Others are less concerned about the policy, especially if there is a delay built in between the release to the requester and public posting. Beyond anecdotal evidence, however, there has been no large-scale survey on the views of those in the news media." The survey is available through Aug. 16. Access the survey here.

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