GFAF in the News

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2020

July

Publication of commentary First Amendment rights spark justice and seed change in Georgia

June

Augusta Chronicle: Augusta attorney ‘frustrated’ release of husband’s deleted emails seeking city work

Valdosta Daily Times: Disclose health data clearly

Athens Banner-Herald: State COVID data ‘opaque’ as infections rise in Georgia

Georgia Public Broadcasting: Experts say Georgia’s data on COVID-19 seems lacking

Valdosta Daily Times: Law enforcement detains two journalists covering Atlanta protests

May

Georgia Recorder: Middle Georgia federal court affirms right to record in public spaces

WMAZ: Citizen journalist says he was arrested for filming in city hall lobby

April

Publication of commentary Recalibrating the balance: Increasing transparency around COVID-19 while still respecting privacy

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March

Marietta Daily Journal: A pandemic doesn’t mean the end of open government, experts agree

Valdosta Daily Times: Experts address how to comply with open meetings laws amid pandemic

Insider Advantage: Legislature should be covered by Open Records Act

AJC: Municipalities weighing public access, safety at government meetings

Valdosta Daily Times: Transparency town hall set for Monday: How to keep public meetings open in an emergency

Georgia Recorder: Government transparency in the time of coronavirus; virtual meeting tips

AJC: State of emergency: Coronavirus changes how local governments meet

Reporter Newspapers: Sandy Springs Council halts most ‘non-essential’ city decision-making during pandemic

Valdosta Daily Times: It’s always your right to know

Reporter Newspapers: New Sandy Springs police shooting details revealed; AG says city was wrong to withhold reports

February

Rome News-Tribune: Bills pushed to give Georgians with criminal histories a second chance

January

Valdosta Daily Times: Bill may broaden sealing records

Valdosta Daily Times: First Amendment advocates warn of media oversight

AJC: Atlanta audit committee’s private meetings an apparent violation of law

Valdosta Daily Times: Zachary: Lawmakers can show First Amendment support

2019

December

AJC: Atlanta mayor orders restriction of access to pot conviction records

The Center Square: Former Atlanta mayor’s staffer to stand trial for violating Georgia’s Open Records Act

Valdosta Daily Times: Zachary First Amendment Foundation president

Atlanta Magazine: Flashback: The Georgia Representative who gave up Congress to oppose segregation

WSB-TV: Trial for former press secretary set to begin soon

November

Reporter Newspapers: First DeKalb airport meeting after fatal crash lacked public notice, may have violated Open Meetings Act

October

Daily Report: First Amendment group honors late Chief Justice Hines

Georgia Recorder: Ga First Amendment group honors late Chief Justice Harris Hines

Union Recorder: Red Book catalogs Georgia open government laws

AJC: Atlanta unveils new policy to improve compliance with open records laws

September

Marietta Daily Journal: Chastain: Comment ban stemmed from increasing partisanship

Daily Report: First Amendment Foundation to honor late Chief Justice Hines

August

Moultrie Observer: Open government, better government

July

AJC: Media group sues Roswell for full access to crime reports

The New York Times: “Drag this out as long as possible”: Former official faces rare criminal charges under open-records law

WSB-TV: Mayor Reed’s former press secretary will not accept plea bargain

June

Valdosta Daily Times: Don’t be caught without your Red Book

May

WSB-TV: Every public agency in the state must follow open records law — except one

The Marietta Daily Journal: Cobb BoE strikes down Howard’s move to include public comment in minutes

April

The Guardian: Georgia lawmakers consider bill that takes aim at state’s journalists

Washington Post: A board to oversee Georgia journalists sounds like Orwellian fiction. The proposal is all too real.

Valdosta Daily Times: Fettered press not a free press

AJC: Georgia House Republicans file bill to create state Journalism Ethics Board

March

Valdosta Daily Times: First Amendment Foundation promotes transparency with newly elected officials

Chattanooga Times Free Press: These Georgia bills could ban secret recordings, severely restrict abortions, allow the state to take over the airport and more. Are they still alive?

WSB-TV: State attorney general’s office criticizes DeKalb school board plan to hold secret meeting about spending

February

 WABE: Former Reed aide accused of open records violations: A talk with 1st Amendment attorney

Daily Report: Kasim Reed’s former spokeswoman charged with open records violations

Augusta Chronicle: Attorney General prosecuting Atlanta employee over open records requests could have Augusta implications

WSB-TV: Mayor Reed’s former press secretary criminally charged with open records violations

The Union-Recorder: Secret recordings can protect public right to know

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia Senator’s proposed secret recordings ban draws questions, public response

AJC: Georgia bill would have barred taping that helped sink Cagle campaign

Forsyth County News: Why the Forsyth County fire department has decided to encrypt its radios, and why that concerns First Amendment expert

Reporter Newspapers: Fear rises as GDOT eyes back yards, houses for toll lanes

January

Savannah Morning News: Editorial – Legislature should open records, meetings

WSB-TV: The First Amendment Foundation says a school system shouldn’t hide info from the public

AJC: Nonprofit hospitals under pressure over transparency, charity


2018

December

AJC: Public’s access to records still a challenge for metro Atlanta agencies

Valdosta Daily Times: EDITORIAL: Public must be notified of called meetings

Brechner Center: “Big [expletive] problem”: a battle over open records in Atlanta

November

Georgia State Signal: From the Editor: Why and how to request public records

AJC: Banned No More: Georgia city backs down on lifetime banishment for two

AJC: CNN sues White House to regain Jim Acosta’s press credentials

AJC: Can a city ban a woman it deems a nuisance? One in Georgia is trying

October

Georgia Health News: Northside suffers another legal setback in fight over its records

WSB-TV: WSB, AJC donate legal fees won from suit against city to Georgia First Amendment Foundation

Daily Report:  First Amendment group honors judge for transparency

AJC: AJC, Channel 2 donate $80,000 to support government transparency

WSB-TV: City of Atlanta settles abuse of open records claims with AJC, WSB-TV

September

AJC: Opinion: Welcome moves toward transparency

WSB-TV: Group dedicated to easy access to open records approves of new law

Daily Report: Judge Bodiford honored for open courtrooms

Marietta Daily Journal: Cobb Superior Court judge wins freedom of information award

August

AJC: Buford schools apologizes over slurs in tape

AJC: Bottoms releases summary of investigation into disputed $40k payment

July

AJC: Watchdogs: Atlanta skirting records law in probe of $40,000 payment


June

AJC: Payday lending group loses lawsuit over record release

WSB-TV: Atlanta City Hall does not face criminal charges in records probe


May

AJC: Were Rosanne Barr’s free speech rights violated when Disney fired her?

AJC: Failure to release subpoena may have broken Georgia records law

WSB-TV: Open records advocates say GBI’s criminal investigation into City of Atlanta pointing higher and higher


April

WSB-TV: Texts show top Reed aide pressured officials to delay records release

AJC: Two AGs known for transparency hired in Atlanta open records case

GSU Signal: Will governor sign campus speech bill?

AJC: Georgia’s top candidates: Make harassment complaints publicly available


March

Daily Report: First Amendment group seeks fix to e-filing legislation as it nears a vote

AJC: Torpy at Large: The stench of Atlanta City Hall’s “POO” strategy

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Catoosa County’s use of executive session questionable

AJC: Federal lawsuit targets Georgia policy blocking gun control protest

Dalton Daily Citizen-News: Jim Zachary: Open government is the best government

WSB-TV: “Drag this out”: Texts reveal Reed administration’s effort to keep public records from WSB

WALB News 10: GA Supreme Court vacates Grinstead gag order


February

Milledgeville Union-Recorder: EDITORIAL: Keep lottery transparent

Daily Report: Bar tackles sex harassment, fake news and gun control

KSU Sentinel: Georgia Supreme Court case involving KSU study could have impact on open record laws

AJC: Court hears arguments about open records in payday loans case

AJC: Georgia Senate passes bill that would give lottery winners anonymity

The Brunswick News: News groups’ petition to court is right


January

AJC: The Jolt 1/29

Decaturish: Open government advocates question alteration of Avondale City Manager’s contract