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US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov't files

An Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data finds that the government censored and withheld federal records sought by citizens, journalists and others more regularly last year than at any point in the past decade. The calculations cover eight months under President Donald Trump, the first hints about how his administration complies with the Freedom of Information Act.
By The News · 12 of March 2018 17:44:05
FILE - In this May 14, 2013, file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning. The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data. The highest number of requests went to the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, along with the National Archives and Records Administration and Veterans Administration. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File), No available, FILE - In this May 14, 2013, file photo, the Department of Justice headquarters building in Washington is photographed early in the morning. The federal government censored, withheld or said it couldn’t find records sought by citizens, journalists and others more often last year than at any point in the past decade, according to an Associated Press analysis of new data. The highest number of requests went to the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, Defense, Health and Human Services, and Agriculture, along with the National Archives and Records Administration and Veterans Administration. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)