Sunshine Week- Your Right to Know
The formal celebration of Sunshine Week is limited to seven days pivoting around the March 16 birthday of James Madison. But as many wrote in their 2012 Sunshine Week commentaries, the dialogue on open government needs to continue throughout the year round, and the focus on greater transparency at all levels of government must never cease.
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This sacred Privilege is so essential to free Governments, that the Security of Property, and the Freedom of Speech always go together; and in those wretched Countries where a Man cannot call his Tongue his own, he can scarce call any Thing else his own. Whoever would overthrow the Liberty of a Nation, must begin by subduing the Freeness of Speech; a Thing terrible to Publick Traytors." -- Benjamin Franklin
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This is a web site about National Sunshine Week which has to do with transparency in democracy and open meeting laws. Knowledge is power! All reviews come courtesy of, to which the library no longer subscribes. Adrienne Langston created the original display and web site.
Democracy and the Problem of Free Speech
by Cass R. Sunstein
Attempts to strike a balance between limitless free expression and censorship, arguing that freedom in broadcasting, campaign finance, hate speech, pornography, government funding of the arts, and cases of privacy must go hand in hand with responsibility and civility.
Don't Shoot the Messenger by
Bruce W. Sanford
A media attorney and authority on First Amendment law argues that the public's growing disenchantment with the media could erode Americans' constitutional freedoms.
First Amendment, The by Daniel
Farber (U. of Minnesota Law School) presents an introduction to the main lines of legal doctrine developed out of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, as well as key points of doctrinal contention.
Freedom of Information Act Guide & Privacy Act Overview by Pamela Maida
Freeing the Presses by Timothy
Based upon presentations at a media and public affairs symposium at Louisiana State University in 2003, these papers and commentaries by nine academics and a lawyer address the past, present, and future of freedom of the press.
Open Society Paradox, The by
Why the 21st century calls for more openness- not less
People's Right to Know by
This work is an avowedly political and unapologetically liberal call for a national information service that will ensure access to electronic information (the so-called information highway) for even the poorest and most oppressed members of our nation.
Power of the Press, The by
Beth Levy & Denise M. Bonilla
Gathers articles and opinion pieces by journalists addressing such issues at celebrity, ethics, journalism's failures, and freedom of the press.
Public's Right to Know, The by
David M. O'Brien
The Supreme Court and the First Amendment
Secrecy Wars by Phillip H.
Using the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and the Privacy Act to obtain copies of documents from government agencies is a common practice and the source of considerable frustration for scholars investigating sensitive law enforcement or national security issues. Melanson, a veteran of what he calls the "secrecy wars," sets out in this volume to tell his war stories.
Speaking Freely by Floyd
Trails of the First Amendment
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