MORE ARTICLES FROM ‘Freedom Of Information’

Mixed forecast for Sunshine Week

The forecast from this year’s National “Sunshine Week,” which annually focuses on issues of freedom of information and transparency in government, is “partly cloudy, with some sun and some storms.”

N.Y. gun law turns public records private

State Legislature gives gun-permit holders wide latitude to keep their records out of public view. Also:

We need to see the Gitmo proceedings

Given all the questions about the detentions of accused terrorists at Guantanamo Bay, allowing the greatest transparency for 9/11 military tribunals would be in the nation’s interest.

What’s at stake in publishing public records such as gun permits

A free press must report on behalf of us all, with access to public information, to hold officials accountable for their decisions.

Persistent Ill. newspaper finally gets letter it sought

Compared with other FOIA cases featuring interminable delays and years in court, the decision in Rock River Times is a significant victory for open government.

Plaintiffs assail Va. public-records law on 2 fronts

In their high court briefs in McBurney v. Young, news organizations and public-advocacy groups stress that law restricting access by out-of-staters impedes newsgathering and the national ‘information industry.’

New FOIA portal: one-stop shop for government info

National Archives, Commerce and EPA team up to create place where public can submit, track FOIA requests, Federal News Radio reports.

Science data wants to be shared, panelists agree

Barriers to public access to government scientific information examined, as well as improvements in official efforts to make the data available to everyone’s benefit.

Editors suggest how to pierce government secrecy

APME panel analyzes widespread official resistance to releasing public records to journalists.

U.S. must release anti-prostitution memo

Reuters reports 2nd Circuit rules that officials must disclose a 2004 legal memorandum justifying requirement that HIV/AIDS groups sign a pledge before working overseas.

Can states limit public records to residents?

Rhode Islander, Californian appeal to U.S. Supreme Court challenging constitutionality of provision in Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act, which says only state residents can obtain public records.

When police kill, public has right to information

Brownsville, Texas, police may have acted properly in shooting 15-year-old, as a grand jury found; but releasing the video would help address public doubts.

Groups decry secrecy surrounding Manning court martial

Center for Constitutional Rights, others appeal military judge’s decision denying public access to information in case.

Obama administration’s leak pursuits ‘unplanned’

New York Times says record-setting prosecutions for leaked classified information are something of an accident.

No excuse to keep 50-year-old report hidden

If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information — including a draft report on the botched 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba.

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