The Press Club of Long Island is celebrating Sunshine Week. We’ve reached out to influential people who have an intimate knowledge of Freedom of Information and asked them to share their brief thoughts on the importance of open government.
Keep an eye out over the next few days as we release quotes from various people in journalism and communications.
Carolyn James: Carolyn James is a former president of PCLI, as well as Region 1 Director of SPJ. She is a longtime advocate for freedom of information and open government. She is the executive editor of ACJ News, which publishes local weekly papers on Long Island.
James on FOI and Open Government: “Democracy only works when people are informed and empowered and the FOI laws make that possible. They begin with the presumption that all government documents are within the public arena and then clearly define reasonable exemption . From the halls of government to the local Main streets, the FOI laws ensure that public institutions work on behalf of the people, and that the people can know what is happening in their government institutions.”
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About Sunshine Week: National Sunshine Week has been celebrated every March since 2005, thanks to the hard work of the American Society of News Editors. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civics groups, non-profits, schools and libraries. The activities are funded from a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to enlighten the public about their right to government information and strengthen their communities.