One of my favorite features of national Sunshine Week is the effort by cartoonists to highlight the many threats to America’s free press and public access. Today, MissoulaEditor.com brings you two of those political cartoons – as a reminder that our freedoms require vigilance and support. All of us here at the Missoulian work diligently [...]
This isn’t the kind of news I want to hear on “Sunshine Week,” as we celebrate this nation’s guarantee of a free press and our individual and collective rights to public access:
A senior federal employee was illegally demoted after she quietly complained that political appointees within the Department of Homeland Security were blocking journalists’ requests [...]
Newspapers all across the nation are in the midst of Sunshine Week, our annual campaign to educate the public about the importance of our nation’s rights to a free press and public access.
At the Missoulian, we launched the week with a call to Montana legislators to support Senate Bill 217.
Here’s our editorial:
At about this [...]
I need your help. The Missoulian wants to nominate someone – or a group of “someones” – as a “local hero” of open government and public access for the annual recognition sponsored by the American Society of News Editors during Sunshine Week.
Please send me your nominations and contact information, either by replying to this [...]
Kudos are in order today for our sister newspaper, the Billings Gazette, for once again speaking up to insist that the public’s business be conducted in public.
This week, the Gazette filed a lawsuit against the city of Billings, asking for records related to charges of improper use of funds in the police department.
Here is the [...]
First: This blogpost is not about politics.
Second: Contrary to former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s warning to the standing-room-only crowd at this afternoon’s Teen Challenge fundraiser in Missoula, the media did not “sneak in” to her speech. We were not there as “moles,” in her words.
Third: I only mention this because that sort of talk – [...]
Reporters who cover the 2011 Montana Legislature will have to register with the House and Senate leadership to receive their credentials.
The new registration process for reporters who have floor access to the Legislature was approved this week.
Its aim: To give the Legislature control over a registration system previously handled by the General Services Division.
The new [...]
The public-access sunshine is bright today in Jackson County, Oregon, where the sheriff wasted three years fighting the local newspaper – the Mail Tribune – over access to records that were clearly public.
Now the county must pay $43,500 in legal fees for the lost cause.
Here’s the start of the newspaper’s story:
By PARIS ACHEN
A three-year [...]