RELEASE: NMOG Statement on the Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019

On Tuesday, July 23, 2019, Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) introduced the “Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019,” which seeks to reverse the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media, which unnecessarily broadened what is deemed “confidential” under Exemption 4 of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). In support of the bill’s introduction, the News Media for Open Government (NMOG) made the following statement: NMOG Statement on the Open and Responsive Government Act of 2019 Contact: Melissa Wasser, Coalition DirectorNews Media for Open Government(202) [More]

RELEASE: NMOG Statement on the FMI v. Argus Leader Decision

On Monday, June 24, 2019, the United States Supreme Court issued a 6-3 decision in Food Marketing Institute v. Argus Leader Media. In response, the News Media for Open Government (NMOG) has made a statement, which you can read here. NMOG Statement on FMI v. Argus Leader Contact: Melissa Wasser, Coalition DirectorNews Media for Open Government(202) 795-9317mwasser@foropengov.org@foropengov

RELEASE: NMOG Statement on the Indictment of Julian Assange

On Thursday, May 23, 2019, the U.S. Department of Justice announced a superseding indictment charging Wikileaks founder Julian Assange on 17 new counts of violating the Espionage Act, in addition to the one hacking conspiracy charge announced in April. In response, the News Media for Open Government has made a statement. You can read the statement here. NMOG Statement on the Indictment of Julian Assange Contact: Melissa Wasser, Coalition DirectorNews Media for Open Government(202) 795-9317mwasser@foropengov.org@foropengov

RELEASE: NMOG Supports Re-Introduction of the Journalist Protection Act

In times of polarization in our society, the demand for credible, reliable news and information about what the government is doing has never been greater. Journalists certainly have thick skin, but it is clear those who inform the public are under increased threat of harm while doing their jobs. Not only is the role of the news media in our democracy under attack, but the safety of individual journalists is threatened. For these reasons, NMOG supports the Journalist Protection Act, introduced today by Representative Eric Swalwell (CA-15), Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), and Sen. Menendez (D-NJ) and urges Congress to pass [More]

BREAKING: Rep. Elijah Cummings Receives the 2019 Sunshine in Government Award

2019 Sunshine in Government Award Given to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings for His Leadership in Strengthening FOIA and Open Government As our nation celebrates Sunshine Week, News Media for Open Government is pleased to honor House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) as the 2019 recipient of the Sunshine in Government Award for his leadership and commitment in fostering openness in government that better serves our nation’s citizens. The award was announced on March 8th at the Newseum Institute’s Freedom of Information Day Conference in Washington, D.C. The Sunshine in Government Award was created to honor individuals who have [More]

RELEASE: NMOG Announces Public Policy Agenda for the 116th Congress

The News Media for Open Government is proud to announce its public policy agenda for the new year focusing on both a free press and a more transparent, open government. NMOG looks forward to working with both the 116th Congress and federal agencies on ensuring compliance with the 2016 structural reforms of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), holding the Office of Government Information Services (OGIS) accountable through issuance of advisory opinions, and ensuring that proposed policies do not impede newsgathering practices and daily communications between government officials and the press. NMOG Congressional Agenda Press Release Contact: Melissa Wasser, Coalition Director [More]