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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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Photo: In Texas, government denials of record requests have soared

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Photos: Trump’s actions raise fears about access to government data

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Why Freedom of Information Faces Problems, and How Experts Say Those Can Be Solved

By David Cuillier and Eric Newton People must be able to get facts from their government to make smart decisions and hold public officials accountable. Politicians from both parties agreed on this long ago when they first passed federal, state

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