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How to unearth public records: a global guide

Chavkin, Sasha

Publisher:  ICIJ
Date Written:  24/09/2013
Year Published:  2013  
Resource Type:  Article

Among the most basic building blocks of powerful investigative reporting are public records – government documents that provide bulletproof evidence of anything from a change in water quality to the ownership of a company or tract of land. In the United States, Freedom of Information laws date back nearly half a century, and although there are growing obstacles, journalists generally operate under a presumption of the right to access. In most of the world, however, Freedom of Information laws are less than two decades old.


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