Each day, a business owner, citizen, journalist, or student, has difficulty obtaining public information about or is denied access to a public meeting, or document concerning their government or public institution.
How does this happen in today’s 24/7-connected digital society? It happens when these institutions and officials overlook their state freedom of information (FOI) laws. And too often they knowingly deny public access by constructing obstacles and gaming the system. Sometimes denials result from a lack of training and education in public records and public meeting laws. But too often, it is intentional and politically motivated.
The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) is a nonpartisan alliance of 42 state & regional coalitions representing 45 states and the District of Columbia. NFOIC and its state coalitions are dedicated to open government, transparent public institutions and supporting FOI laws and policies at the state and local levels.
NFOIC advocates, educates and provides direct assistance to meet its objectives. We are keenly aware of the challenges to access information in an increasingly digital world. We support our dedicated state coalitions that are on the front lines working daily to ensure open government.
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Journalists, attorneys, watchdog organizations and a concerned public rely on NFOIC to help keep track of and monitor their public institutions. With a strong, active state affiliate network, NFOIC and its members represent the primary (and arguably, only) systematic, organized effort to address transparency issues in state and local governments. NFOIC’s strong national team represents a diverse and experienced talent pool in journalism, media law, public policy and accountability, FOI legislation, training and advocacy.
Join NFOIC or donate to our mission. Your financial contribution supports our work and the work of member coalitions in our unifying purpose: to protect your right to open government. http://nfoic.net/donatecontribute/