Protecting access to public information vital

Sunshine Week
Sunshine Week

An editorial from The Herald-Dispatch

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — A cornerstone of government in America is that an informed public will do a better job of selecting leaders and be in a better position to resist actions that run counter to the best interests of the people.

To be informed, those members of the public and the press must be allowed to know what actions their government leaders are contemplating and carrying out and the reasons for them. That’s why open government and a free flow of information about its actions – no matter whether local, state or federal level – are essential to our way of life in America.

To underscore that principle, various organizations representing journalists and others this week are observing what they call Sunshine Week. They are stressing to the public that its right to know about government should be one of the most treasured aspects of maintaining freedom and holding elected and appointed officials accountable.

But increasingly, the free flow of information so vital for doing that is not flowing so freely…

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