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.
Tim Bolger is Managing Editor of Long Island Press, a board member of PCLI and the chapter’s FOI Committee Chair.
Bolger on FOI and Open Government: “Look no further than the daily flood of government press releases for proof that many politicians favor a policy of mushroom management: keeping the public in the dark and feeding them BS. Sorting fact from crap can be a chore. Despite increased access to government data online over the years, some agencies are more transparent than others, information is tricky to secure and many are unaware of their right to know. To cast light on these issues, journalists launched Sunshine Week more than a decade ago to combat increased government secrecy by helping demystify searching government data online and teaching how to request records under New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL). What the public does with all of this information is up to them.’
Read other PCLI Sunshine Week capsules:
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.