Federal court rules FEMA must turn over addresses of aid recipients

ATLANTA (AP) - The eleventh U-S Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today (Friday) that the Federal Emergency Management Agency must give the addresses of one-point-three (m) million dollars disaster aid recipients to news organizations in Florida.

The South Florida Sun-Sentinel newspaper had sought the addresses as part of its reports on fraud and mismanagement in the federal agency's disaster program after a 2004 hurricane.

The panel ruled that disclosing the addresses would not be an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy, but names are exempt because there would be only minimal additional public interest in disclosing them.

F-E-M-A had sought to withhold the information for almost three years.

The News-Press of Fort Myers, Florida Today and the Pensacola News-Journal had also sought the addresses under the Freedom of Information Act.

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