Sunshine Week: How FOIA has brought light to key issues in South Carolina

The Post and Courier routinely uses the S.C. Freedom of Information Act to unearth crucial documentation for the benefit of all sorts of South Carolinians. The law is a principal method for holding the powerful accountable and shining a light on happenings that would otherwise remain in darkness.

The practice has recently exposed corruption, profligate spending, government dysfunction and a broad information-gathering practice by police. But the FOIA also promotes transparency in more than just government, politics and the criminal justice system. Anyone in the Palmetto State — not just the news media — can use it to unveil happenings in business, sports and the food world.