Can We Tape? - State-by-state guide to the laws governing recording conversations over the telephone, cellular and cordless phones, hidden cameras, obtaining consent, possession and publication of illegal tapes, and interstate calls.
Freedom of Information Act - Issues, laws, links, and other resources to help journalists get information from state and national governments.
Freedom of Information Center - How to search public records, how to file an FOIA request, current issues and news about freedom of the press, international media law, federal and state cases, links to other groups. Based at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
First Amendment Foundation - Non-profit organization which seeks to provide authoritative information, expertise, and assistance to the public and news media. Site provides directory of services and membership information.
The First Amendment and Freedom of the Press - Essay by James C. Goodale on court cases in which First Amendment rights have been upheld, allowing the press to pursue its mission. Goodale served as general counsel to The New York Times when the U.S. Supreme Court decided that the Times could continue to publish the then-classified Pentagon Papers.
Homefront Confidential - Explores how the War on Terrorism affects access to information and the public's right to know. Published by the Reporter's Committee for a Free Press.
How to Use the Federal FOI Act - Do-it-yourselfers guide to how to use the Act as an effective investigative tool and provides sample letters, forms and directories to assist individuals in dealing with the government promptly and effectively.
Barbara Croll Fought - An associate professor of communications law at Syracuse University, Fought provides a list of books, periodicals, telephone hotlines, and Internet mailing lists related to the Freedom of Information Act.
First Amendment Center - Offers one-stop access to information about the First Amendment. Useful for students, teachers, journalists, lawyers and the general public.
The Brechner Center for Freedom of Information - Answers queries about media law from journalists, attorneys, and other members of the public. The Center is prepared to explain issues relating to media law, react to current developments, offer speakers for meetings and classes, and assist in research about media law.
U.S. Department of State FOIA Electronic Reading Room - Displays (a) frequently requested documents released under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), (b) special collections of continuing public interest, and (c) regulations, policy statements, administrative rulings and manuals, and other reference materials.
DOJ: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Explains how the FOIA applies to the US Dept. of Justice and how information may be obtained.
The Freedom of Information Act, 5 U.S.C. § 552, As Amended By Public Law No. 104-231, 110 Stst. 3048 - The full text of the Freedom of Information Act in a form showing all amendments to the statute made by the "Electronic Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 1996."
CIA FOIA - The Official Freedom of Information Act web site of the US Central Intelligence Agency. Provides the public with an overview of access to CIA information, including electronic access to previously released documents.
FBI - Freedom of Information Act - Explains the document search process and provides an online reading room for frequently requested files.
HHS - Freedom of Information Act - US Health and Human Services site to facilitate efforts to obtain public information about HHS programs. How to request information, and a reading room of frequently requested documents.
US Census Bureau Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) - Details about the bureau, how to request materials, and a FAQ.
Society of Professional Journalists - Freedom of Information Resources - Resources on issues involving access to government records and activities and freedom of information education. Offers a message board to discuss the FOIA as well.
Foia Group - FOIA consultants who assist in crafting and executing FOIA requests.
RCFP FOI Services - Various helps for journalists seeking to obtain information from government agencies, both federal and state, including a fully automated fill-in-the-blanks FOI letter generator.
Citizen's Guide on Using the Freedom of Information Act - A report by the House Government Reform Committee, H.Rep. 108-172, June 23, 2002
Privacy International - Freedom of Information - News, documents, surveys, and a map of the status of FOIA worldwide.
First Amendment of the Bill of Rights to the United States Constitution - The American Library Association identifies First Amendment advocates and provides links to notable court cases.
Copley First Amendment Center - Site sponsored by the Illinois Press Association includes news and court decisions on First Amendment issues and educational information on rights.
Using the Freedom of Information Act - Simple, step-by-step guide published by the American Civil Liberties Union.
RCFP First Amendment Handbook - Contains a fount of information on the application of the First Amendment to such issues as access to the courts, gag orders, access to places, freedom of information and libel. Published by the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Media Law Resource Center - Extensive annotated bibliography of legal cases, scholarly papers, and articles concerning First Amendment and intellectual property Internet law issues. The 200 court cases are explained succinctly. Also includes many citations from the print media.