March 21, 2010 |
Here's a not-so-tiny tidbit of data that's getting lost in the White House-driven public frenzy over healthcare legislation this month: The White House Democratic administration of Barack Obama, who denounced his presidential predecessor George W. Bush as the most secretive in history, is now denying more Freedom of Information Act requests than the Republican did. Transparency and openness were so important to the new president that on...
March 20, 2005 |
Since 1998, many federal departments have been reducing the amount of information they release to the public -- even as the government fields and answers more requests for information than ever, an Associated Press review has found. The locations of stores and restaurants that have received recalled meat, the names of detainees held by the U.S.
March 13, 2005 |
FALL RIVER, Mass. -- Ed Lambert, Al Lima and Mike Miozza never thought of themselves as activists, just as regular guys. Then an energy company announced plans to build a liquefied natural gas terminal in this small community on the Taunton River. The men -- the mayor, a city planner and an engineer -- had nightmare visions of gas igniting into a huge fireball on the river. They asked for government-held reports that studied the threat to the town if the plant or a tanker were attacked.
July 24, 2002 |
The mayor's office says it plans to keep secret hundreds of written and audio records related to the Fire Department's response to the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. The documents include 911 calls from people trapped in the towers, radio transmissions between firefighters and taped oral histories with firefighters and emergency medical technicians recounting their experiences that day.
June 11, 2002 |
President Vicente Fox signed Mexico's first freedom of information law, exposing the government to greater public scrutiny. The law requires all branches of government to provide copies of public documents--from government employees' salaries to details about contracts--within 20 days of any citizen's request. Federal agencies, Congress, the Bank of Mexico and courts will have a year to post public information on the Internet.
June 9, 2000 |
A feisty free press has been one of Romania's key accomplishments since the bloody 1989 overthrow of Communist leader Nicolae Ceausescu, who ran a secretive and brutal dictatorship. But old habits sometimes die hard in formerly Communist countries. Eliminating censorship here was relatively easy, but building a society and a government that respect the public's "right to know" is proving to be a bigger challenge.