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NFOIC signs brief urging release of New Jersey corrections officer’s settlement agreement

The National Freedom of Information Coalition, along with a dozen other organizations, joined a Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press amicus brief in a New Jersey case concerning access to settlement agreements between public employees and public agencies. Libertarians for Transparent Government sought a settlement agreement between a former corrections officer and Cumberland County,…

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Jane Briggs-Bunting, ‘fearless’ journalist and Michigan coalition founder, dies at 70

Jane Briggs-Bunting, a journalist, educator and First Amendment champion who co-founded the Michigan Coalition for Open Government, died Tuesday, March 23 at age 70. “Jane didn’t shy away from fights that needed to be fought,” former student Meg O’Brien told the Detroit Free Press. “She emphasized that journalism wasn’t a popularity contest and trained us…

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NFOIC joins more than 260 organizations in letter urging whistleblower protections

The National Freedom of Information Coalition joined more than 260 organizations in signing a Government Accountability Project letter to government leaders, supporting the strengthening of whistleblower protections. The letter, sent to President Biden and Congressional leaders, calls for restoring bipartisan support for whistleblower rights, to ensure government accountability. Stakeholders signing the letter included a broad…

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NFOIC aligns with cold case platform Uncovered, to leverage public records in solving mysteries

The National Freedom of Information Coalition is partnering with Uncovered: A Cold Case Platform, an interactive one-stop-shop cold case database that visualizes missing and murdered case information. Co-founders Ashlee Fujawa and Rachel Rosslet created Uncovered to bring together technology, data and the public, in an effort to have a collective impact for the families of…

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‘States of Denial’ report: Exemptions pose greatest threat to government transparency

Lax enforcement, high fees, hostility also erode ‘sunshine laws,’ public’s right to know Contact: David Cuillier, NFOIC Board president Phone: 520-248-6242   Email: nfoic@nfoic.org GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA, March 15, 2021 — The greatest threats to government transparency today are continued secrecy provisions added to state public record laws, particularly exemptions intended to protect personal privacy and police information. That’s according to open…

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Delaware coalition pushes for creation of Office of the State Inspector General

The Delaware Coalition for Open Government has been advocating for the establishment of a Delaware Office of the State Inspector General, which would oversee state agencies for transparency, accountability, and other good government issues.    DelCOG has been working with the Association of Inspectors General, located at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, and is writing a…

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Local journalism and transparency laws are focus of Massachusetts Sunshine Week event

The New England First Amendment Coalition and the Medfield Insider, a local news organization, will host a panel discussion about local journalism and the need for transparency in Massachusetts. The Sunshine Week 2021 event is 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday, March 19. Panelists include media attorney Peter Caruso, Boston Globe health reporter Kay Lazar, Report…

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What to do about misinformation and disinformation? Sunshine Week panel will examine problems, solutions

A panel of experts will discuss the prevalence of online misinformation and disinformation. The Sunshine Week 2021 event, hosted by the Colorado Freedom of Information Coalition, is 6:30 p.m. Mountain time, Thursday, March 18. The event, “Truth Be Told: The Proliferation of Online Misinformation and Disinformation — And What We Can Do About It,” will…

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Texas event focuses on transparency as a way to restore trust in government

A panel of open government experts, including Kelley Shannon of the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, will discuss the importance of transparency in restoring public trust in Texas government. The Sunshine Week event begins at noon Central, Thursday, March 18. Visit the Texas Public Policy Foundation website to learn more and to register….

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Panel will share tips on fighting for access to public records

Nancy Ancrum of the Miami Herald will lead a discussion with journalists Andrea Gallo of The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., and Derek Kravitz of the Brown Institute, along with First Amendment Coalition Executive Director David Snyder. The panel will discuss tips for fighting for open government and records access. The event is Thursday, March 18 at 10 am. PST via Zoom. The…

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