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Letter to President-elect Trump in response to his ditching of the press: ASNE, 14 other journalism associations ask Trump to commit to protective press pool for transparency

Dear President-elect Trump,
 
We, a group of diverse journalism associations representing thousands of journalists from the nation's capital to every corner of the country, begin this letter on a hopeful note. Your administration is a blank slate, and we are eager to work with you to perpetuate one of this nation's great strengths: our freedom of the press.

Present our open government questions to federal candidates

ASNE and OpenTheGovernment.org have drafted open government-related questions that can be asked of all candidates for federal office. Our hope is that they will be used broadly by editorial boards and reporters covering the 2016 campaigns, as well as interested members of the public who have an opportunity to speak with candidates. For questions, contact ASNE Legal Counsel Kevin Goldberg at goldberg@fhhlaw.com.

Encourage Anderson Cooper, Martha Raddatz to ask about open government during Sunday's presidential debate

In the next few days, we encourage you to tweet one final time to journalists Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz and encourage them to include a question about government transparency during the presidential debate on Sunday, Oct. 9, at Washington University in St. Louis. 

Encourage Anderson Cooper, Martha Raddatz to ask about open government during Oct. 9 presidential debate

ASNE, the Society of Professional Journalists and OpenTheGovernment.org are leading a campaign asking presidential debate moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz to include the following open government question during the Oct. 9 presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis:  

What steps do you believe are necessary, and what policies would you implement to guarantee and advance public access to government information and sources?
 

Journalists ask Anderson Cooper, Martha Raddatz to include question about open government in presidential debate

 

NEW ORLEANS (Sept. 20, 2016) - The American Society of News Editors, the Society of Professional Journalists and OpentheGovernment.org are leading a campaign asking presidential debate moderators Anderson Cooper and Martha Raddatz to include a question about open government in an upcoming presidential debate.

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. 
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