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Thursday, March 16, 2006

Let the sun shine in!

The American Society of Newspaper Editors has this week designated 12-18 March “Sunshine Week” to encourage dialogue about the importance of open government and Freedom of Information.

The project includes the release of research and a wide range of media initiatives. See here for results of a national poll which show that the public equates open government with effective democracy; and here for a selection of cartoons from across the US about secrecy in government and the importance of the right to know. The Governors of several states issued Sunshine Week proclamations.

I’m sure Australian newspaper editors share the enthusiasm for the topic even if this mightn’t run to a well funded, well managed national initiative designed to encourage discussion and debate about open government in practice.

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