The moral of the story is this: Chafee did the right thing for Rhode Island and transparency by releasing the report. Sometimes it takes the media, citizens and open-government advocates paying attention to the issues and what is going on beneath the surface to encourage our elected officials to do the right thing. Next time, I hope we will see transparency in the first instance so we have less grist for talk radio, perhaps, but more of a trusting partnership between the government and its people. After all, “trust Chafee” is our governor’s motto. Perhaps we should add to that “trust the people; we can handle the truth.”
NEFAC sponsors “sunshine” sessions March 19 and 27 in R.I. and Conn. on mining information from the public record
The New England First Amendment Coalition joins with other advocacy groups in sponsoring a pair of how-to sessions on March 19 and 27 during which investigative journalists will help you navigate freedom of information laws to find what you need.
Access to Public Records Act should bring relief in Providence Journal Freedom of Information Suit against state police, Department of Public Safety commissioner
By Sarah Griffis, Suffolk University Law School student and president of the Suffolk Media Law Group On June 20, 2012, a police report involving a heavily intoxicated 18-year-old woman was leaked to WPRO-AM, and on June 21, the Providence Journal attempted to get its own copy by emailing a request to state police for “all [...]
By Rosanna Cavanagh, Executive Director, New England First Amendment Coalition, Inc. For decades committed citizens, members of the press and non-profit organizations have been working to strengthen transparency and accountability in Vermont’s government without much to show for it. A 2008 study, conducted by the Better Government Association ranked Vermont 49th in the nation for government transparency. [...]