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ASNE renews call for access to Supreme Court proceedings

 
On Friday, Feb. 26, ASNE joined nine other organizations in a letter to the court that requests same day access to audio of two oral arguments: Whole Woman's Health v. Cole and U.S. v. Texas.

Open-government questions we invite you to ask federal candidates


ASNE and
OpenTheGovernment.org have created questions you can ask federal candidates about their views on open government and transparency. 

ASNE opposes proposed changes to Florida's public records law

 
Florida House Bill 1021 and Senate Bill 1220 would amend the law to create "permissive" award of attorney's fees after litigation, as opposed to the current "mandatory" award of fees. This means that a plaintiff who goes to court to challenge the denial of a request for public records and wins would no longer be guaranteed to receive a reimbursement of attorney's fees.

Journalism organizations ask White House for commitment to openness

 
ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg was one of five representatives of national journalism organizations that met with White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest on Tuesday to discuss various concerns surrounding journalists' ability to gather news when covering the federal government. Goldberg joined representatives of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Society of Environmental Journalists at the meeting. 

Click here for the 
press release issued by SPJ after the meeting. 

ASNE opposes straight renewal of USA Patriot Act

 
The letter that ASNE and 51 other organizations signed opposes S 1035, which would reauthorize the Patriot Act without affecting the controversial Section 215. 

Help the Sunshine in Government Initiative advance open government

Write an email encouraging a governent agency to use the new FOIA Online site.

Knight News Challenge to begin next week

This round of the contest focuses on open government and begins Feb. 12.

Patrice McDermott publishes op-ed on open government

The executive director of openthegovernment.org recently wrote an article for thehill.com.

Sunshine Week coming in March!

Sunshine Week 2013 launches with a new website and renewed partnerships for open government.

10 questions for the 2012 candidates on open government

If you have an opportunity to ask a candidate a question, check out the 10 Questions we'd most like to ask in 2012. Then tell us about the conversations you have with candidates about making our government more open and accountable!

Agencies not meeting president's Sunshine Week, openness commitments

When Steve Croley, a special assistant to the president, announced on March 14 that federal agencies would proactively post directories on their websites, along with official congressional testimony and agency reports to Congress required by statute, we viewed it as a testament to the growing importance of Sunshine Week.

ASNE gets in the open-government weeds with a House Committee

Many of the same organizations, including ASNE, sent a separate letter asking the committee to assert its jurisdiction over bills introduced in response to the recent Supreme Court decision in Milner v. Department of the Navy.

ASNE joins fight for press access in mine safety probe


ASNE calls on Congress and administration to open health care negotiations to public

The Society issued a statement today stating that congressional leaders should emerge from their back-room negotiations on health care reform legislation and continue only in full and open Conference Committee proceedings. “There is an inexcusable level of secrecy surrounding this landmark legislation, especially as the current proceedings are likely to produce the final version presented to all members of Congress,” said ASNE President Martin Kaiser. “To so profoundly affect the American public through closed-door proceedings is an affront to one of the core values of Democracy.”

A new Knight fund provides urgently needed resources in FOI battles


ASNE letter to President Obama urging release of White House visitor records

American Society of News Editors President Martin Kaiser called on the White House today to release records containing the identity of all White House visitors since Inauguration Day.

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