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"The very word 'secrecy' is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths, and to secret proceedings." -- John F. Kennedy

Citizen access to public records is the law of the land in all U.S. states and territories, and in the District of Columbia.

Unfortunately, that does not mean those access rights aren’t frequently threatened or that freedom of information (FOI) principles – manifested in both the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and state FOI laws – are strictly adhered to. Far from it.

It takes diligence and persistence to ensure that that those rights are neither violated nor weakened, and NFOIC is always there to fight that fight.

In a recent skirmish in California, for example, when Gov. Brown and the Legislature tried to make compliance with key parts of the California Public Records Act optional, two NFOIC members were there to sound the alarms and help convince lawmakers to reverse course.

That's just one recent instance in which an NFOIC member group stood guard against yet another attempt to diminish your access to your public information.

Your membership dues help support the work of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, an assemblage of state and regional FOI organizations, academic and First Amendment centers, and private citizens and associate members drawn by a common purpose: To protect your right to open government.

To begin the process of joining NFOIC, click the button below.

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If you have any questions regarding what level of membership best suits you and/or your organization, please contact:

 

Lara Dieringer
Program Coordinator, NFOIC
Missouri School of Journalism
101C Reynolds Journalism Institute
Columbia, MO 65211
573.882.4856

If you'd like to contribute to the cause but do not wish to join NFOIC, now you can donate to us easily and securely.

All membership dues and donations are tax-deductible.