FOI Council objects to secrecy in ISU stadium accident

Iowa State University officials are ignoring requirements of state law by refusing to release the names of spectators who were injured when a fan fell from the upper deck at Jack Trice Field, the Iowa Freedom of Information Council said … Continue Reading


Why public records are so important

Iowa’s public records law is an important part of democracy in our state, although government officials sometimes forget that they are working for the citizens. The dogged reporting of the Quad City Times in recent days clearly illustrates that fact … Continue Reading


Steele’s mother criticizes government ‘fear’

Gina Colbert of Columbus, Ga., was honored on Sept. 26 by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council with its Friend of the First Amendment Award. The award has been given annually since 2001 to people who have been effective advocates … Continue Reading


Cooper, Mayfield, Colbert to receive First Amendment award

 The Iowa Freedom of Information Council this week announced the 2019 recipients of its Friend of the First Amendment Award, which is given each year in memory of longtime Iowa Press Association and Iowa Daily Press Association journalist Harrison “Skip” … Continue Reading


Governor, there is no asterisk in disclosure law

This column by the executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council was made available to newspapers across Iowa. By Randy Evans When he was governor, Terry Branstad often voiced his frustration that he was not able to comment … Continue Reading



FOI memorial honors Flansburg

Friends and coworkers of the late James S. Flansburg, the longtime chief political reporter for The Des Moines Register, have established a memorial fund in his honor at the Iowa Freedom of Information Council. Flansburg died Jan. 30 at the … Continue Reading


Sheriff denies video in incident with prosecutor

The Maquoketa Sentinel Press reported on May 3 on an incident near that northeastern Iowa community that once again raises questions of why police body camera video is being kept from the public far too often. A Jackson County prosecutor … Continue Reading


Free speech sometimes is uncomfortable

This column by Randy Evans, executive director of the Iowa Freedom of Information Council, appeared in several Iowa newspapers. The First Amendment isn’t long, but it certainly packs a lot of angst into those few words: “Congress shall make no … Continue Reading


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