Sunshine Week Highlights Freedom of Information Needs

This week is national Sunshine Week…”a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.”

Freedom to access public information is at the core of open and accountable government.

“Most Americans can easily find videos of water skiing squirrels on the Internet but they’ll have less luck finding out whether their children’s school buses and classrooms are safe, or if neighborhood gas stations are overcharging. The Sunshine Week 2009 Survey of State Government Information online found that while more and more government records are being posted online, some of the most important information is being left offline….” writes Sunshine Week.

In NH, the Nashua Telegraph reported a favorable turn and editorialized March 19: Anti-sunshine bill placed on the shelf

“What better time than during Sunshine Week for a state legislative committee to put the brakes on a bill that would insert yet another exemption into the New Hampshire Right-to-Know Law?”  Read more…..

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