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]
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]
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]
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2016 [Link to PDF version] Media coalition celebrates President Obama signing of FOIA reforms into law as FOIA turns 50 on July 4 President Barack Obama’s signature on the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 marks a high point in the half century history of the federal Freedom of Information Act. “We are pleased to mark the 50th anniversary of the signing of the original Freedom of Information Act with a stronger FOIA,” said Rick Blum, director of the Sunshine in Government Initiative, a coalition of media associations that has strongly supported efforts [More]
PRESS RELEASE Media coalition applauds House approval of FOIA reforms: House unanimous vote sends FOIA reforms to President’s desk ahead of FOIA’s 50th anniversary on July 4 The media associations in the Sunshine in Government Initiative applaud today’s House vote to approve the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 337). After years of work on this bipartisan, bicameral set of reforms to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), members [More]
FOIA Improvement Bill Scheduled for House Vote Today House vote today could send FOIA reforms to president’s desk before FOIA’s 50th anniversary on July 4 [Media Advisory [pdf]] The U.S. House is scheduled to vote today on S. 337 (pdf), the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016. If approved, bipartisan reforms to the federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) would go to the President’s desk for signature just days before transparency advocates celebrate the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the original FOIA into law on July 4, 1966. The FOIA reforms the House will vote on are a high-water [More]
Media coalition applauds Senate approval of FOIA reforms, calls on House and Senate to work out differences [PDF version] The media coalition The Sunshine in Government Initiative (SGI) today applauds the approval by unanimous consent of the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Click here for PDF version: SGI Release HOGR Vote on FOIA reform Final Media Coalition applauds House Oversight vote to approve FOIA reform The Sunshine in Government Initiative, a media coalition promoting commonsense steps to make government more open, today applauds the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform for its vote to approve the FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act of 2015 (H.R. 653). Last week an Associated Press analysis for Sunshine Week showed that FOIA needs to be improved. Important steps to strengthen FOIA in H.R. 653 (as introduced) include: an independent voice for reform within government, an [More]