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No, government is not too open

Posted: March 13, 2016 | Tags: Sunshine Week, Transparency

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Charles Lewis

Executive Editor Charles Lewis debated Stanford Professor Bruce Cain on March 15 at the University of Missouri about whether there is too much transparency — or not enough — in the federal government.

The event was digitally recorded and sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Harry S Truman School of Public Affairs.

Prior to the debate Lewis wrote the following:

The United States has a noisy and utterly imperfect representational democracy, disorderly and dysfunctional in many ways. But as Founding Father James Madison famously observed, “A popular Government, without popular information, or ...

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Sunshine Week: A commitment to open government

Posted: March 8, 2012 | Tags: Sunshine Week

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Next week is Sunshine Week, designed to bring attention to the merits and benefits of having an open government. The main sponsors of the week are the American Society of News Editors and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

In some ways, it is bittersweet to have such a celebration. On the one hand, it is a great opportunity to expose people to the notion that a free flow of information from the government is vital to a functioning democracy. On the other hand, it seems too bad that we have to remind public officials and ordinary citizens ...

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How's government doing on FOIA? Depends on whom you ask

Posted: March 16, 2011 | Tags: FOIA, Freedom of Information, John Podesta, Judicial Watch, Sarah Cohen, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sunshine Week

Someone once said that the two most important words in the English language are: “It depends.”

And at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday on the Freedom of Information Act it was clear that how the government is doing on FOIA depends on who is answering the question. (See hearing testimony here.)

“Agencies have made real progress in applying the presumption of openness, improving the efficiency of their FOIA processes, reducing their backlogs of pending FOIA requests, expanding their use of technology, and making more information available proactively,” Melanie Pustay, head of the Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy ...

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