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Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government

Doc URL: http://elvisb.ap.org/News/Stories/CTCB-2017-Aug-24-001154/CTCB-2017-Aug-24-001154.docx Slug: AP-US–Sunshine Year-Washington,ADV17 Headline: Shadows of secrecy begin to spread across federal government Summary: The Trump administration is keeping White House visitor logs private, has threatened to ignore requests for information from Congress and has attempted to draw

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New secrecy tactic: suing people who seek public records

Doc URL: http://elvisb.ap.org/News/Stories/CTCB-2017-Jun-19-000595/CTCB-2017-Jun-19-000595.docx Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Year-Turning the Tables,ADV17 Headline: New secrecy tactic: suing people who seek public records Summary: Government agencies are increasingly turning the tables on people who request public records with an aggressive new tactic: filing lawsuits against them

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Across US, lawmakers chip away at public’s access to records

Doc URL: http://elvisb.ap.org/News/Stories/CTCB-2017-Jun-28-000392/CTCB-2017-Jun-28-000392.docx Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Year-States of Denial, ADV17 Headline: Across US, lawmakers chip away at public’s access to records Summary: State lawmakers across the country introduced dozens of bills this year that would close or limit public access to a

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New Reporting Package (Sunshine Week 2017 extension)

As part of continuing examination of threats to First Amendment freedoms and an extension of Sunshine Week 2017, The Associated Press, the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors have produced a package of stories focused

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Openness, transparency and frankly, to be honest

By Rhonda Bletner Editor The Mountain Press (Sevierville, Tennessee) In recognition of Sunshine Week, a week that emphasizes the importance of open government, The Mountain Press shared some guest opinions to demonstrate our support. Those guest opinions illustrate the significance

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Federal grant funding obscures how government is funded, diffuses accountability

By DAVE DALEY For close to a year now, the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute has been wrestling with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to obtain a report on what steps, if any, HUD took to stop misuse

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PIO Censorship in the Era of Trump

By Kathryn Foxhall SPJ’s FOI Committee President Trump has already labeled major press outlets the “fake news media” and the “enemy of the people.” His administration has blocked major news outlets from a briefing because it didn’t like what they

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How to Get Involved

Launched in 2005, Sunshine Week has grown into an enduring annual initiative to promote open government and push back against excessive official secrecy. Citizens from across the country are now gearing up for this year’s Sunshine Week – March 12-18

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True Disclosure Demands Full Accountability

By Edwin Bender Executive Director National Institute on Money in State Politics (FollowTheMoney.org) With its Citizens United and McCutcheon decisions, the U.S. Supreme Court clearly articulated the value of disclosure and transparency to the health of our democracy. After all,

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