David Garrow spoke at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, October 10, as part of a 2-hour panel discussion of how the Freedom of Information Act and energetic litigation by news organizations can help expose long-buried secrets about the Federal Bureau of Investigation's use of paid informants targeted against the African-American civil rights movement from the 1950s into the 1970s. Joining Garrow on the panel were Marc Perrusquia of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, whose dogged investigative journalism exposed famous civil rights photographer Ernest Withers as a long-time, paid FBI information, Holland & Knight partner Charles D. Tobin, who undertook the Commercial Appeal's successful federal court litigation against the FBI, and E.W. Scripps Co. vice presidents Mizell Stewart III and David M. Giles, whose corporate-level support of Perrusquia and Tobin made the litigation possible.
The panel, sponsored by the National Press Club’s Press Freedom Committee, was videotaped by C-Span for national television broadcast sometime in late October. Read more here.