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Epoch Times
March 20, 2017

Presidents and Press Freedom: Obama Versus Trump
By Jack Philips

Last week, The Associated Press reported that the Obama administration, in its final year, spent a record $36.2 million in legal costs defending its refusal to release files under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). It was the second consecutive year that the Obama administration broke records for the number of times it told journalists and citizens that files could not be found after multiple searches. It also broke records for outright denying access to files. The number of FOIA lawsuits—filed by The New York Times, Center for Public Integrity, The AP, and others—surged over the last four years, according to a study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.

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