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Sunshine Week '07 at a glance
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Sunshine Week (March 11-17) is the news media's industrywide effort to alert the public to the importance of open government and the right of access to public information and public meetings.

Through news coverage, editorials and other offerings, newspapers and broadcasters are shining the light on the public's right to gain access to government information. The week draws attention to the Freedom of Information Act and to the dangers of official secrecy.

The week also includes National FOI Day, March 16, marked each year by the First Amendment Center with a major conference on access issues.

The official Sunshine Week Web site offers a wealth of information and other material.


  • Bright ideas for Sunshine Week 2007
  • Associated Press FOI Web site
  • Sunshine Week blog
  • Special audit of chemical and hazardous materials emergency plans. The American Society of Newspaper Editors and several other organizations coordinated this special Sunshine Week investigation.
  • Sunshine Week radio PSAs from Radio-Television News Directors Foundation

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    AP CEO: secrecy becoming entrenched
    In Q&A, Tom Curley sees some open-government wins but journalist subpoenas are 'area of greatest concern.' 03.14.07

    Archivist: We're restoring records access
    By Eugenia Harris Allen Weinstein discusses National Archives' reclassification project. 03.16.07

    Bush presidency: accent on secrecy, panelists say
    By Eugenia Harris 1966 FOIA law 'hasn’t been completely integrated and accepted by the federal government,' says Meredith Fuchs, National Security Archive. 03.16.07

    Guide to negotiating state Sunshine laws
    How to use state open-government statutes, what to do if you hit obstacles. 03.12.07

    House passes open-government bills
    Measures involve FOIA, libraries, presidential records, whistleblower protection. 03.15.07

    How to file an FOIA request
    James Madison Award goes to Paul McMasters
    By Nikki Troia Long-time First Amendment advocate wins honor for championing public's right to know. 03.16.07

    On Sunshine laws, governments talk loudly; stick rarely used
    Though records, meetings are presumed open, state laws are sporadically enforced, penalties for agencies not complying are mild. 03.11.07

    Probe classified documents, reporter urges
    By Nikki Troia Washington Post's Dana Priest tells FOI Day panel classifications are so overused as to be meaningless. 03.16.07

    S.D. lawmakers meet in secret before public sessions
    Some would like to open the doors on closed meetings; others say it's just the way Legislature works. 03.19.07

    Study: Feds slow in putting records on Web
    Benefits of going online with public information include big cost-savings for government. 03.13.07

    U.S. removed 1 million papers to foil terrorists
    Documents stowed out of view by government record-keepers include the presumably dangerous and the likely harmless, AP review finds. 03.16.07

    Va. panel to study access to concealed-gun permit data
    Roanoke Times posted online, then took down, database of 135,000 permit holders, prompting hundreds of complaints. 03.27.07

    Weinstein, McMasters headline FOI Day
    News release U.S. archivist, First Amendment expert, others examine 'Access: Oversight & Priorities.' 03.15.07

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