Chilling Free Speech: The Consequences of Open Records Requests

Source: Alliance for Justice, Fact Sheet, March 29, 2011

While requests for public records are fairly routine matters governed by the open records laws of the state in which they are filed, there have been recent requests that suggest an effort to inhibit the speech of academics at public universities who have engaged in discussions regarding the threats to collective bargaining in various states. They may also be referred to as Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests.

It is possible that other individuals working within public institutions may receive similar requests. If you think you may be targeted, take some time to learn your rights and responsibilities.

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