Thursday, March 12, 2009

Sunshine Week starts Sunday, March 15

Sunshine Week, the annual observance to promote openness in government, is March 15-21. The project has many resources for newspapers and other media, including ads, graphics and opinion columns by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) on recent Freedom of Information victories and what still needs to be done; Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center on educators' misapplication of federal privacy laws; Jerry Stephens of Edmond, Okla., whose son is heading to Afghanistan, explaining why he believes the media should have access to the homecoming of soldiers killed in action overseas; Ellen Miller of the Sunlight Foundation on senators' failure to make their campaign-finance reports searchable, and state Sen. Dan Greenberg (R-Ark.) explaining why criminal histories of officials should be public. For more details, click here.

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