A new Knight fund provides urgently needed resources in FOI battles

Recent studies by the National Freedom of Information Coalition and the Media Law Resource Center indicated that open government lawsuits have "fallen dramatically" in most states as a result of a sharp decline in media-company resources available to fund them. Stepping into the breach is the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which approved a $2 million, three-year grant to NFOIC to support state open government groups. The Knight FOI Fund "will provide up-front costs such as court costs, filing and deposition fees, if attorneys are willing to take on a pro bono basis cases that otherwise would go unfilled," according to a release issued by the organizations.