This month marks 50 years since the U.S. Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) went into effect. FOIA promised to make government transparent and recognized the right of anyone to petition the U.S. government for official records. Requests can be denied for only nine reasons relating to concerns such as privacy and national security. Journalists consider FOIA invaluable, though they submit less than 10 percent of all FOIA requests. VOA's Ardita Dunellari reports.
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