Opinion: Freedom of Information and Our Eroding Open Government

This election cycle, the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information asked candidates to sign a pledge – to oppose weakening the state’s public document disclosure law, and to require that any attempts to weaken the law be subjected to public hearings and debate. Only 10% of those to whom this pledge was sent have actually signed it, though.

It’s a problem that FOI advocates have been battling against in Connecticut – a state with a tradition of strong support for open government – eroding year after year. This hour, we’ll listen to a panel discussion taped last week at Quinnipiac University, about the history of Freedom of Information Acts in America and what you have the right to know.


Daniel Klau, Attorney with McElroy, Deutsch, Mulvaney and Carpenter in Hartford. He specializes in First Amendment and Media Law