"The poll, conducted by Ipsos-Public Affairs for Sunshine Week, a coalition of media organizations and other groups pressing for government access, found that more than half of Americans believe government should provide more access to its records."
Yeah..this isn't rigged or anything.
Thanks for reminding me, I was gonna dig into Sunshine Week a bit,, quite a wrecking crew is onboard as a "Steering Committee"
General news and commentary about freedom of information and secrecy issues:
The Cape Cod Times won a two-year legal battle when the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled that a county sheriff must disclose the names of his reserve deputies. The sheriff had argued that the deputies were members of a private association and immune from public information laws. The court, however, noted that the deputies report to the sheriff in his official capacity, not to him as a private citizen. Cape Cod Times editor Cliff Schechtman called the ruling "quite a victory for the public's right to know and a defeat for government secrecy."
To call attention to the range of stories that appear in the newspaper each day that rely on access to government records, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution developed a special report highlighting relevant stories over the past month. The report appeared in the Sunday paper, as well as on the AJC Web site.
Selected papers of former Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton are being made public, the first release of Clinton documents since his presidency ended, reports FAS Secrecy News.
Newsday reports that even though the number of public affairs officers in the federal government has increased during the Bush administration, their role appears to involve controlling information more than disseminating it. Read the whole story here.
The Department of Justice backs off earlier attempts to classify documents already made public, allowing the Project on Government Oversight to post on its Web site letters from senators regarding alleged mistreatment of an FBI whistleblower, The Washington Post reports.
Newhouse News Service reports on the increasing number of Republican lawmakers who are actively working toward expanding public access to government information. This article may be republished by any Sunshine Week participant.
Cox Newspapers takes a look at government secrecy around the world. In the main story, reporter Rebecca Carr finds that while openness is increasing in other nations, the U.S. has become more secretive, particularly since 9/11. Sidebars by correspondents Don Melvin and Julie Chao examine the state of government information in Sweden, Britain and China. Please note: These articles may be republished only by clients of The New York Times News Service.
A statewide Freedom of Information audit led by the Kentucky Press Association, The Associated Press and other journalism groups, reminds lawmakers of the importance of open government, draws support for better understanding of the state's Open Records Act, the AP reports(via the Louisville Courier-Journal).
A successful Sunshine Sunday effort will raise public consciousness about an issue critical to democracy, reports American Society of Newspaper Editors FOI Chairman Andy Alexander in "Sunshine Sunday: Making the Case for Open Access," The American Editor, January-February 2005.
The post-9/11 era has become one of the worst for government openness, reports Coalition of Journalists for Open Government coordinator Pete Weitzel in "Keeping Secrets," The American Editor, May-June 2004.
Behind the Homefront, a daily update of homeland security and military issues affecting newsgathering and access to information compiled by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) writes about why he is a champion of open government in the Fall 2004 issue of the LBJ Journal of Public Affairs.
The Associated Press reports on how police, hospital officials and others' misunderstanding of HIPAA regulations leads to information being unnecessarily withheld. (Via WKYT)
Fort Worth Star-Telegram editorial lauds plan to train state workers in open records and meetings compliance.
Scripps Howard News Service reports that information once routinely released by the government has been increasingly withdrawn from the public as federal agencies cite post-9/11 secrecy rules.
Privatization of federal-spending databases is thwarting access to key information by the public, according to a report in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Outgoing FCC Chairman Michael Powell says commissioners should be able to meet in private, says the current system does not foster foster "frank, open discussion," The Associated Press reports. (Via The Washington Post)
The American Journalism Review February-March 2005 issue examines the Bush administration practice of tightly controlling information; observers wonder if this is the template for the future.
The Iowa Supreme Court rules that by fundraising for Iowa State University, the Iowa State University Foundation performs a government function, thus making it accountable under the state Freedom of Information Act, the Student Press Law Center reports.
Louisiana high-school student shows that one person, no matter how old, can make a difference in open government, when he successfully lobbies the state legislature to allow minors the same access to public records as adults, the Student Press Law Center Bulletin reports.