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The Society of Professional Journalists seeks to maintain constant vigilance in protection of the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press and to encourage a climate in which journalism can be practiced freely.
Below, find resources for journalists and the public on issues involving access to government records and activities and freedom of information education.
The official blog of SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee. Updated regularly. Latest entries:
– FOI Daily Dose: Fighting for access to federally funded research, California Public Records Act at stake
– FOI Daily Dose: More sunshine in Florida, NY shield law saves reporter from testifying
– Durango, Colorado, officials want to ban photography of public records
– FOI Update: China praises ‘handsome’ hero, condemns U.S. ‘double-standard’
– FOI Daily Dose: Fox News reporter uses NY shield law to fend off subpoena; Dems and GOP criticize Snowden, NSA director speaks about leaks
– Seattle Times watchdog waits 11 months for police’s purposefully withheld memo
– FOI Daily Dose: FOIA affects immigration debate
– FOI Update: DOJ hasn’t questioned a FOIA exemption in four years, didn’t respond for four months
– FOI Daily Dose: Open records threatened in Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania
– FOI Update: NSA whistle-blower on the run, Judge Vinson attends security conference, speculation of presidential power abuses
Project Sunshine is most important and visible to the people who need it the most: working reporters and editors. Project Sunshine focuses the attention of SPJ chapters and leaders on Freedom of Information problems, issues, needs and solutions at the local, chapter and state level. State sunshine chairs also are leaders in national access debates.