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Obama rates low on transparency

After making bold promises about making his administration the most transparent in history, Obama is looking at bad reviews particularly on granting Freedom of Information Act requests. The administration has also vigorously pursued the prosecution of leakers and whistleblowers and fumbled Obama’s open government initiative. -db From POLITICO, March 5, 2012, by Josh Gerstein. Full story

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Opinion: WikiLeaks may die out but seminal idea will endure

WikiLeaks seems all the more vulnerable as the founder, Julian Assange, is likely to be extradited from Britain to Sweden on charges of sexual misconduct. But even if WikiLeaks falls, the idea of a transnational organization gathering and disseminating information while evading the grasp of governments, seems likely to survive, writes David Carr in The New York Times. Notwithstanding, Carr says, for various reasons document drops of the scope of the U.S. classified war documents from

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Mandated graphic images on cigarette packs raise free speech issues

A number of tobacco firms are suing the Food and Drug Administration for forcing them to put images and warnings on cigarette packs warning consumers of the dangers of smoking. Writing for the First Amendment Center, Ken Paulson highlights the importance of the lawsuit, “Courts have long upheld mandated warnings in narrow areas of consumer protection and safety, but the new FDA warnings require unprecedented levels of scope and visibility. In the end, this case

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Free speech: Federal court strikes down Cincinnati requirement for city sponsor to hold events at city hall

A federal appeals court ruled that Cincinnati’s law requiring city officials to sponsor events at city hall was “unconstitutionally vague.” -db Courthouse News Service September 30, 2010 By Matt Reynolds (CN) – Cincinnati’s requirement that advocacy groups have a city sponsor in order to hold events at city hall violates the First Amendment, the 6th Circuit ruled. The Coalition Opposed to Additional Spending & Taxes was twice denied access to city hall, where it planned

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First Amendment: Employment screener may pass on info from database of sex offenders

A California appeals court ruled that, under the First Amendment, an employment-screening service could access the state’s database of registered sex offenders and pass that information on to its clients. The law establishing the website prohibits the use of the posted information for purposes related to employment. -db Metropolitan News-Enterprise March 25, 2010 By Sherri M. Okamoto An employment-screening business may provide information garnered from California’s online database of registered sex offenders to its clients,

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Public Records Non-Compliance, Filing Suit, and Non-Response

Q: What can I do if  a county office of education doesn’t respond to a CPRA request?  When I file an official request with the county superintendent of schools in his/her capacity as the secretary to the county board of education (with copies to each county board member) I frequently receive no answer. What recourse do I have? I have requested the district attorney to help, but he doesn’t even answer. I do not have the money

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Federal agencies evading freedom of informaton requests

A recent study found that under the Obama administration, in 2010 federal agencies used exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act 33 percent more than they did under George W. Bush in 2008. Watchdog groups are now trying to hold Obama to his pledge to make his administration the most transparent and accountable in history. -db From Federal Times, December 15, 2011, by Sean Reilly. Full story  

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Federal judge puts hold on mandatory graphic images for cigarette packages

A federal judge iced attempts of the Food And Drug Administration to require graphic images of the horrific results of smoking on all cigarette packages. The judge granted a temporary injunction on enforcing the new rule until the case is heard in federal court. The tobacco companies argue that the rule requires speech they don’t agree with and violates their First Amendment rights. -db From  the First Amendment Center, November 7, 2011, by David L

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Freedom of information: Muslim group blocked from seeing FBI investigative guidelines

A federal district judge ruled that the Justice Department does not have to provide a Muslim civil rights group with FBI investigative guidelines. The judge held that revealing the guidelines would compromise the FBI’s ability to conduct investigations and prosecutions. -db From  The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, November 15, 2011, by J.C. Derrick. Full story      

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Opinion: Los Angeles schools errs in keeping teacher ratings from public

The Los Angeles Unified School District is thwarting the public’s right to know how teachers rated in value-added evaluations saying that the disclosures would be “embarrassing and painful” to teachers. Parents have the right to know how students are faring under their teachers argues Jim Newton in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times. -db From an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, November 28, 2011, by Jim Newton. Full story

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Soft money: Federal appeals court rules campaign finance reform violates free speech rights

A federal appeals court struck down a regulation designed to limit campaign spending by independent political groups to influence elections. The regulation was designed to meet the challenge of such groups as Swift Boat Veterans for Truth and MoveOn.org which spent millions on aggressive ads in the 2004 presidential campaign. -DB The Washington Post September 19, 2009 By Del Quentin Wilber and Dan Eggen A federal appeals court overturned hard-fought campaign finance reform regulations in

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Freedom of information: Reporter receives records several years after environmental disaster

It took the Department of Labor almost a decade to grant a request for an investigative report on the Martin County Coal Corp. spill in 2000. -db The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press October 7, 2010 By Rosemary Lane The editor of a mining industry newsletter received additional government records Monday regarding the investigation into one of the worst environmental accidents in southeastern U.S. history after seven years of appealing the government’s decisions

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News organizations want open hearings over West Virginia mine deaths

Eight news organizations and the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has asked the Mine Safety and Health Administration to conduct open hearings about the mne disaster that killed 25 miners in early this month. -db Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Press Release April 27, 2010 The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and eight news organizations today sent a letter urging the Mine Safety and Health Administration to conduct public

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Presidential order seeks uniformity in handling unclassified information

President Barack Obama ordered government agencies to conduct more open and uniform practices in handling unclassified data subject to exemptions from full exclosure. -db The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press November 5, 2010 By Stephen Miller President Barack Obama released an executive order Thursday calling for a more open and uniform approach to handling unclassified information that is subject to statutory exemptions from full disclosure. Critical of governmental agencies’ current “inefficient, confusing patchwork”

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Opinion: Obama’s performance flawed on First Amendment issues

While pledging to become the most transparent government in history, the Obama administration has fallen far short of that lofty promise. They made some strides in releasing some files and documents  such as the torture memos but have been secretive about domestic spying. They have also been criticized for prosecuting whistleblowers under the Espionage Act and for denying lobbyists access to the administration on the stimulus bill’s allocations. -db From a commentary for the First

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