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DVD on Second Government Secrecy Conference Released
"Closed Doors; Open Democracies?"
A national discussion on access to government information, right-to-know, and the impact of government suppression of scientific research.
For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2007 — A DVD recording of a Sunshine Week conference examining access to government information and government secrecy is now available for purchase on the Special Libraries Association (SLA) website for the cost of $25 (USD). Titled, "Closed Doors; Open Democracies? A Sunshine Week National Dialogue On Open Government & Secrecy," the DVD is of the second national government secrecy conference held during Sunshine Week and co-sponsored by organizations concerned with open government.
The organizations sponsoring the event and DVD are OpenTheGovernment.org and American Association of Law Libraries, American Library Association, Association of Research Libraries, League of Women Voters, National Coalition Against Censorship, National Freedom of Information Coalition, National Press Club, Special Libraries Association, Sunshine Week, and Union of Concerned Scientists.
"It is essential that the public be able to trust information from the government, especially on matters that affect our health and safety" said Patrice McDermott, Director of OpenTheGovernment.org. "Government behind closed doors, where officials are not allowed to share information with the public, is unaccountable government and not conducive to democracy."
The DVD records the 90-minute national teleconference conducted on 12 March, during Sunshine Week 2007 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The discussion, originally webcast to sites around the country, focuses on access to government information, including the impact of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health and safety – and accountability. The program starts with a lively discussion of the issues and end with ideas for action. The DVD is a great way to kick off discussions about open government in your community!
To order a copy of Are we Safer in the Dark? please visit the SLA store.
About Sunshine Week
Sunshine Week is a national initiative to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Participants include print, broadcast and online news media, civic groups, libraries, non-profits, schools and others interested in the public’s right to know. Sunshine Week is led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors and is funded by a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation of Miami. Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why. Sunshine Week seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels, and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.