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18 Powerful Images from Massive #SOSVenezuela Demonstration in Los Angeles, California

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 04.26.2014 | Los Angeles
Stephanie Rudat

Clad in vibrant colors of the Venezuelan flag, supporters of ongoing protests in Venezuela rallied peacefully in Los Angeles, California on Saturday in front of the Federal Building.

Honduras: The Secrecy Law

Marco Cáceres | Posted 03.30.2014 | World
Marco Cáceres

When the National Congress, under the leadership of Juan Orlando Hernández, arbitrarily voted on December 12, 2012 to dismiss four of the 15 Supreme ...

Freedom Of Information Not So Free -- Many States Charge Insane Fees

Civil Beat | Nick Grube | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

HONOLULU - When the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel received a $4,500 bill from the city’s police department for access to public crime data, the Pulitze...

The US Panic Over Official Secrecy Is Uniquely Our Own

Edward Wasserman | Posted 09.16.2013 | Media
Edward Wasserman

By the standards of other countries, the U.S. approach to official secrecy is ferocious. For leaking hugely newsworthy information to the press, Snowden could go to prison for life. Elsewhere, punishment for making official secrets public is less severe than the penalties here for driving drunk.

Media Wars in Egypt: The Revolution Continues With Journalists in the Crosshairs

Courtney C. Radsch | Posted 09.07.2013 | Media
Courtney C. Radsch

Upon taking power and unseating the first democratically elected (if not necessarily governing) president, the military immediately shut down several Egyptian and Arab television stations and arrested numerous journalists.

Newtown Records Measure Draws Criticism From Transparency Advocates

AP | DAVE COLLINS | Posted 06.02.2013 | Politics

HARTFORD, Conn. -- A plan by Connecticut officials to withhold some Newtown school shooting records from the public would be another blow to governmen...

UNESCO's fight to promote a truly American value globally: Freedom of speech

Peter Yeo | Posted 07.03.2013 | World
Peter Yeo

Every year on this day, May 3, the international community comes together for World Press Freedom Day. For those of us here in the United States, it's...

Drawing the Line Between Copyright and Free Knowledge

The State Press | Posted 03.19.2013 | Media
The State Press

The entire debacle is tragic. A life has been lost, and we can only speculate as to why. We should use this time not only to offer our condolences to Swartz's family and friends, but to inquire in his name: How do we allow widespread access to knowledge and still retain rights to intellectual property?

Nursing Transparency in Former Soviet Republics

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 03.04.2013 | World
Kenneth F. Bunting

In this email response to the director of a freedom of information NGO in the Republic of Georgia, Giorgi Kldiashvili, civic-minded and engaged Americans may see little that is new to them. But, perhaps, it will serve as a reminder about the derivation of some of our precious freedoms.

The Jindal End Run: 'E' in 'Email' Should Not Stand for 'Evasion'

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 02.19.2013 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

To avoid possible disclosure, Jindal's top advisors used personal email accounts while devising a communications strategy regarding hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cuts.

How to Sabotage California's Freedom of Information Law

Peter Scheer | Posted 12.15.2012 | Media
Peter Scheer

If enforcing rights to public records carries with it a risk of having to pay the government's legal fees and costs, the California Public Records Act will be a dead letter.

New York Racehorse Safety Task Force Is Taking Its Time

Liz O'Connell | Posted 11.12.2012 | Sports
Liz O'Connell

More than five months after being formed, the New York Task Force on Racehorse Health and Safety has yet to share its findings concerning the alarming number of racing-related horse deaths (19) over the inner track during Aqueduct's winter race meet.

Democracy, Trust and WikiLeaks: A Conversation With the Mother of Julian Assange

Vivian Norris | Posted 07.26.2012 | Media
Vivian Norris

I believe that people such as Julian Assange, movements such as Occupy Wall Street and those behind the Arab Spring, actually want change for a better, not worse and more chaotic, world. But their image and their hard work is being hijacked and manipulated.

Hurdles Block Important Access Laws

State Integrity Investigation | Caitlin Ginley | Posted 06.01.2012 | Politics

Early last month, lawmakers in Iowa completed work on a new open records statute. Senate File 430 creates the Iowa Public Information Board, a nine-me...

Reality of Transparency Less Than Its Promise

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 01.21.2012 | Media
Kenneth F. Bunting

Across the globe, there are more people living in countries where citizens supposedly have access rights to government information than do not. But what people are entitled to see under freedom of information laws and what they can easily gain access to are two different realities.

The Associated Press Tests International Right-To-Know Laws

AP | By MARTHA MENDOZA | Posted 11.18.2011 | Media

-- Satbir Sharma's wife is dead. His family lives in fear in rural India. His father's left leg is shattered, leaving him on crutches for life. Shar...

Is Business Ready for Hypertransparency?

Naomi Mandelstein | Posted 01.08.2012 | San Francisco
Naomi Mandelstein

The era of controlled and packaged disclosures is giving way to transparency that is being co-created by stakeholders and citizen journalists. And businesses, ready or not, will have to adapt.

Washington Post, New York Times Fail on FOIA

Brec Cooke | Posted 07.16.2011 | Media
Brec Cooke

With much editorial commentary frequently limited to no more than 750 words, one would think that two of the nation's premier news organizations would jump at the chance to educate the public on the ins and outs of public disclosure laws.

Florida: Could Photo of Pigpen Get You 30 Years in the State Pen?

Scott Edwards | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Edwards

Senator Norman's misguided bill is yet another attempt to keep a tight, dark lid on the many, many wrongs being committed today by the factory farming industry.

Remembering Barbara Jordan

Kenneth F. Bunting | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kenneth F. Bunting

Barbara Charline Jordan, who would have turned 75 this month, was certainly no ordinary freshman. Her debut in Congress in 1973 has never before or since been equaled.

Plugging a Weasel Hole in West Virginia

Laurence Leamer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Laurence Leamer

In West Virginia, where the political system has failed the people, the courts have become the last refuge of justice. What then, when the state's highest court is a repository for the lowest political motives?

Living the End of Democracy

Bob Jacobson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Bob Jacobson

I make my coffee, I ponder my email, I do my work. I try to make a positive difference in the world, as do do most of us. Sadly, however, most of us no longer run America.

Connecticut Prison Inmates Reading True Crime And Other Violent Books

AP | PAT EATON-ROBB | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

HARTFORD, Conn. — Inmates in Connecticut prisons have access to true crime books and works of fiction that depict murder and graphic violence, w...

Freedom of Information Comes to Malaysia

Zac Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Zac Hill

The Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor, Malaysia created history earlier this month by tabling the nation's first piece of Right to Information legislation in the State Assembly. But the bill has its flaws.

Faster FOIA Act Clears Senate Hurdle

AP | SHARON THEIMER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Legislation to speed the government's response to open records requests is a step closer to becoming law. The Senate Judiciary Com...