Government openness

Texas Open Meetings Act does not unconstitutionally restrain government officials' speech, Reporters Committee argues

Press Release | October 27, 2011
October 27, 2011

The Framers of the U.S. Constitution did not intend the First Amendment to protect government officials’ ability to meet in secret, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press argued in a friend-of-the-court brief filed today in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Group proposes accountability for overclassification

J.C. Derrick | Freedom of Information | Feature | October 5, 2011
October 5, 2011

The Brennan Center for Justice released a report today on government overclassification, and proposed a pilot program for the federal government that calls for accountability when employees improperly classify documents.

Reporters Committee marks International Right to Know Day

Press Release | September 27, 2011
September 27, 2011

As International Right to Know day is celebrated around the world on Sept. 28, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press takes this opportunity to note the importance of preserving — and for some nations, acquiring — the right to access government information and attend government meetings is crucial to any participatory democracy.

Advocacy groups react to Obama's transparency proposals

Kirsten Berg | Freedom of Information | Analysis | September 26, 2011
September 26, 2011

Open government organizations praised what they called sweeping commitments to promote government transparency and accountability in an action plan released by President Obama last week, but many said they were cautious in their optimism that the pledge alone would be enough to bring historical change to the culture of secrecy in Washington.

Reporters Committee releases 6th edition of its state-by-state Open Government Guide

Press Release | September 13, 2011
September 13, 2011

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press today published the 6th Edition of its Open Government Guide, a comprehensive overview of open records and open meetings laws in all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Reporters Committee position that governance is not speech prevails at high court

Press Release | June 13, 2011
June 13, 2011

The U.S. Supreme Court today ruled that requiring elected officials to recuse themselves from governance votes on issues where they have a conflict of interest does not violate First Amendment free speech rights, endorsing a position put forth in a friend-of-the-court brief by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.

Skeptics leary of Utah governor's call for FOIA law repeal

Lyndsey Wajert | Freedom of Information | Feature | March 22, 2011
March 22, 2011

Utah's governor called for the repeal and replacement of a controversial open government law Monday, saying that signing it “resulted in a loss of public confidence,” yet some open government advocates said it was simply a political move.

More public records litigation under Obama than Bush

Miranda Fleschert | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | January 26, 2010
January 26, 2010

Despite the Obama administration’s directive that agencies presume openness unless the law mandates otherwise, there have been more lawsuits against the government for failing to release federal records during the first year of this administration than during previous years under the Bush administration, The Washington Post reported.

White House releases long-awaited Open Government Directive

Amanda Becker | Freedom of Information | Quicklink | December 8, 2009
December 8, 2009

The White House today sent the head of every federal department and agency long-awaited Open Government Directive on how agencies should increase "transparency, participation, and collaboration."