Last year, the Obama administration "more often than ever" censored government files or outright denied access to them under the Freedom of Information Act, according to a new analysis of federal data by The Associated Press.
Under the law, the government is required to move urgent requests from journalists to the front of the line for a speedy answer if records will inform the public about an actual or alleged government activity.
But the government now routinely denies such requests, says AP.
Over six years, the number of requests granted speedy processing fell from nearly half to fewer than 1 in 8, AP says.
The CIA has denied every such request in the last two years, AP says.