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A citizen’s guide to requesting Government records under the U.S. FoI legislation

A lengthy but useful guide to FoI requests using U.S. legislation.  Remember, you don’t have to be a U.S. citizen to use most of these rights to demand material from U.S. public authorities.

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UK ICO: Information request “dos and don’ts”

A helpful and practical guide from the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office that gives tips and advice on how to access information from a public body. Though it is UK-focused, the principles are applicable more generally.

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Guide to U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests

The U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a law that confers rights to access information from the U.S. federal government. It is often described as the law that keeps citizens “in the know” about their government.  Since any person – whether or not a US citizen – can avail themselves of most FOIA information […]

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Guide for journalists on submitting freedom of information requests

A guide which explains tactics for demanding information held by UK public authorities.  This is primarily intended for use by journalists, but it contains some useful tips which are of more general application.

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Guide on how to access information from a public body (UK Info Commissioner’s Office)

A helpful guide to the main considerations to be borne in mind when requesting information from public authorities

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Guide for Journalists on How to Access Government Information

LegalLeaks Guide for journalists on how to access government information This toolkit is designed for journalists working in any media – newspapers, radio, and television – as well as bloggers and other information professionals who need to get access to information held by public bodies.

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Investigative Reporters and Editors Resource Center

These resources are produced by Investigative Reporters and Editors.  Although aimed at journalists, many of the resources listed would be equally useful for gathering evidence for litigation. The Resources Center is a major research library containing more than 25,000 investigative stories — both print and broadcast, and provides thousands of “tip sheets” on how to […]

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Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN)

The Global Investigative Journalism Network (GIJN) is an international association of nonprofit organisations that support, promote, and produce investigative journalism. GIJN holds conferences, conducts trainings, provides resources and consulting, and encourages the creation of similar nonprofit groups. It was founded in 2003. Provides a signpost to a wide range of resources for investigative journalism which are […]

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