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2009-03-13 06:00:00

WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- For the first time in four years, public opinion about government secrecy has leveled off, although more than seven in 10 adults still consider the federal government to be secretive, according to the 2009 Sunshine Week survey by Scripps Howard News Service and Ohio University. Since 2006, the percentage of adults who believe the federal government to be somewhat or very secretive has grown steadily; from 62 percent in 2006 to 74 percent...

2009-02-17 07:00:00

PETALUMA, Calif., Feb. 17 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite President Obama's promise of increased transparency in government, the Small Business Administration (SBA) is moving ahead with its appeal of a San Francisco District Court ruling directing it to release small business contracting data to the American Small Business League (ASBL). The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals will now hear the case. The SBA must file its appellate brief with the court by March 20. Under the Freedom of...

2008-09-05 03:00:12

By Jamison, Michael KALISPELL - A year and a half of high-level negotiations between the U.S. Forest Service and Plum Creek Timber Co. apparently produced almost no paperwork, in terms of substantive communications between the two parties. "You'd at least expect some e-mails or memos between them," said James McCubbin, "but there's nothing like that. There's nothing whatsoever to explain the process they worked through." The lengthy talks did, however, result in a controversial legal...

2008-08-22 03:00:31

By Vladeck, David C "The obligation to endure gives us the right to know."1 I. Introduction This Symposium was convened to assess how, in this new age of environmental law, scholars, advocates, policy makers, journalists, and other interested members of the public can gain access to and harness information about our environment. My modest role is to provide an overview of federal right-to-know laws,2 including the Freedom of Information Act3 (FOIA), and to ask whether these statutes ensure...

2008-07-19 06:00:22

Text of report by Tsireletso Motgelwa entitled "How Mugabe's 'Press freedom' shames Khama's" published by Botswana newspaper Mmegi website on 18 July Staff writer Tshireletso Motlogelwa finds that the controversial Zimbabwean Access to Information and Protection Act may be a repressive piece of legislation, but it beats Botswana's Media Practitioners Bill at every turn. Journalism has been a much talked about, often controversial, topic of the modern world. The number of quotes relating...

2008-07-19 06:00:00

By Connie Coyne, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 19--BLOGS -- or Web logs -- are children of the Internet. In general, blogs are a mix of personal opinions and links to material on other Web sites. And because they reflect the personality of the writer, they can draw huge audiences if they click with readers. One of the first blogs to draw a mass audience was The Drudge Report (www.drudgereport.com), written by the conservative Matt Drudge, who created an image by wearing a fedora all the...

2008-07-11 09:00:00

By Matt Hildner, The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. Jul. 11--ALAMOSA -- A San Luis Valley citizens' group sued the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Thursday, claiming the agency failed to divulge public records related to a proposed oil and gas project on the Baca National Wildlife Refuge. The complaint, filed in U.S. District Court in Denver, calls for the court to require the defendant to provide all records responsive to a Dec. 11 request by the Citizens for San Luis Valley Water Protection...

2006-03-13 17:37:08

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The CIA has the worst record of any U.S. government agency for complying with the Freedom of Information Act, an independent archive that publishes declassified U.S. government documents said on Monday. The National Security Archive at George Washington University named the spy agency as the 2006 recipient of its annual Rosemary Award, which recognizes the poorest performance within the federal government for responses to Freedom of Information Act requests...

2006-01-18 18:00:58

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A group that advocates privacy rights said on Wednesday it planned to sue the Justice Department to win the public release of documents related to President George W. Bush's domestic eavesdropping program. The Electronic Privacy Information Center, or EPIC, is the latest of a number of civil liberties organizations to take the federal government to court over the domestic spying program, which has caused an outcry among Republicans and Democrats alike. The...