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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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Photo: Media groups push back after fake news defined US elections

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Photos: Advocates say First Amendment can withstand Trump attacks

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Amid attacks, journalists need to focus on Trump’s actions

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-Rhee Column,ADV12 Headline: Amid attacks, journalists need to focus on Trump’s actions Summary: A president who is all over the map on policy is so single-minded about going after journalists every chance he gets. In this new reality,

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In Texas, government denials of record requests have soared

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-Texas Records,ADV12 Headline: In Texas, government denials of record requests have soared Summary: The public records law in Texas says government officials typically must have the state attorney general review decisions that deny public access to records. The

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