The presidential candidates, Congress, the media and individual citizens all have a duty to ensure an open government, said Associated Press President and CEO Tom Curley during a speech Tuesday night at the National Press Club.
"We must do more because the entrenched powers have become far more determined to avoid public scrutiny when it matters most," he told those gathered.
Curley’s speech was a follow-up to The Hays Press-Enterprise lecture he gave four years ago in Riverside, Calif. In that address, he called upon newspapers and media organizations around the country to take action against a secretive government. Tuesday’s speech gave him the opportunity to talk about the progress the industry has made since then and what he thinks still needs to be done.