Knight Institute and Freedom of Press Foundation v. DOJ – FOIA Suit for Records on Surveillance of Journalists

In October of 2017, the Knight Institute and Freedom of the Press Foundation filed Freedom of Information Act requests with the Justice Department, the National Security Agency, the CIA, and other federal agencies, seeking records concerning the surveillance of journalists and other investigative tactics that threaten the freedoms of speech, association, or the press. The requests followed Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recent statement that his department has more than tripled the number of leak investigations that were ongoing at the end of the last administration. Only two publicly available documents were produced in response, prompting the lawsuit.