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Examples of why FOIA matters

The Associated Press has created a page highlighting some of the stories that are made possible by the use of state and federal Freedom of Information Acts (FOIAs).

In important cases, FOIA statutes have led to greater accountability, as shown by the AP’s example of Georgia:

In Georgia, AP used the state FOI law to obtain the names of state lawmakers and officials who received free football tickets to University of Georgia football games; to discover that Georgia was still providing information to a multi-state crime database after the governor said the state would stop; and to obtain the amazingly easy final exam that Georgia assistant basketball coach Jim Harrick Jr. gave to players. (Harrick was later fired and found guilty of academic fraud by the NCAA.)

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