Washington Post Project Supported by Ballard Spahr Honored by Investigative Reporters & Editors
The Washington Post's project "Foreign Servants" has won the Investigative Reporters & Editors Freedom of Information Award.
Reporting on the project took two years, and Chuck Tobin and Maxwell S. Mishkin helped the Post reporters file and litigate 24 Freedom of Information Act requests and obtain 4,000 records. The end result, which showed that over 500 military retirees had taken jobs in countries known for human rights abuses and political repression, was praised by the judges for being "a revelatory investigation that gave a lot of context as well as implications for national security" that "show[ed] information the average person could likely never otherwise have come across."
Mr. Tobin leads the firm's Media and Entertainment Law Group, of which Mr. Mishkin is a member.
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