Shouldn't we have our own Sunshine Week?

The United States is celebrating its annual ‘Sunshine Week’ – a national campaign focusing on the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know.

The American Society of Newspaper Editors coordinates the campaign and journalists are the main participants but the focus is on the common citizen – enlightening the general public on the their right to know and empowering them to engage with government at all levels.

I’ve long campainged to set up a similar initiative in this country. It now seems that some momentum is building with the recent efforts of the Society of Editors, Press Gazette and various newspaper editors to fight against our Government’s propsed curtailment of freedom of information.

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