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Secretary of State Jim Condos on Sunshine Week 2018: Open Government is Good Government!

By Jim Condos Secretary of State State of Vermont March 11-17 is Sunshine Week, a national celebration of access to public information and what it means for you and your community. All across Vermont new board members and other town and

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Photo: US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov’t files

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US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov’t files

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-Records Law,1st Ld-Writethru Headline: US sets new record for censoring, withholding gov’t files Summary: An Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data finds that the government censored and withheld federal records sought by citizens, journalists and others more

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FOIA: A Colossus Under Assault

By Nate Jones Director of the FOIA Project for the National Security Archive Just over a year ago, a Freedom of Information Act release by the National Park Service demonstrably proved that the President of the United States was lying about the

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Photo: Column: Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in the press

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Column: Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in the press

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-First Amendment,ADV11 Headline: Column: Perceived biases, attacks erode trust in the press Summary: Report card on the state of the nation’s free press reveals dueling realities. President Trump’s attacks on the media and the actions of his administration

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Photos: Social media offers dark spaces for political campaigning

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Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-Who to Believe,ADV11 Headline: Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon Summary: President Trump’s campaign to discredit the news media has spread to state and local officials, who are echoing his use of the term

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Photos: Mimicking Trump, local officials use ‘fake news’ as a weapon

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Social media offers dark spaces for political campaigning

Slug: BC-US–Sunshine Week-Election Deception,ADV11 Headline: Social media offers dark spaces for political campaigning Summary: The rise of social media as a main conduit for news and advertising offers dark spaces to political candidates where journalists can’t observe their campaign activities.

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