National Press Club

FOIA at 50

March 16, 2016

About This Video

Run time: 92 minutes

On March 16, 2016, the National Press Club Journalism Institute hosted a panel of experts for a discussion on how the U.S. Freedom of Information Act is being applied and how it can be improved.

FOIA is one of the most important tools at journalists’ disposal for uncovering government information. However, nearly 50 years since its inception, many observers say the FOIA process is hamstrung by delays and overly broad redactions.

Panelists included:

  • Jason Leopold, senior investigative reporter at Vice News;
  • David Sobel, counsel at Electronic Frontier Foundation and head of its FOIA litigation project;
  • Michael Doyle, legal affairs correspondent, McClatchy Newspapers’ Washington Bureau;

Christine Walz, an associate at Holland & Knight law firm, and an expert on FOIA, moderated the panel.

The National Press Club Journalist Institute is the non-profit affiliate of The National Press Club, the world’s leading professional organization for journalists. Through its Press Freedom Committee, the Institute promotes a transparent global society through an independent press.