Atlanta open records approach a ray of sunshine

From the Georgia First Amendment Foundation: New City of Atlanta open records approach a ray of sunshine By Jim Zachary The city of Atlanta has passed sweeping open government legislation that should be a model across Georgia. Let’s be clear. Atlanta did not have a great track record when it comes to open government under…

EDITORIAL: Public records violations criminal; everyone in local government should be paying close attention

Everyone in local government should be paying close attention Something unprecedented in state government has happened. Elected and appointed officials, along with records custodians in every branch of local government, better be paying close attention. City Hall is under criminal investigation for possible violations of the Georgia Open Records Act, and if it can happen…

SUNSHINE WEEK 2018 : Sunshine always right

By Jim ZacharyCNHI DeputyNational Editor   Editor, The Valdosta Daily Times Open government is not a political platform. It is a basic American right. The political landscape is more polarized than ever and there seems to be little common ground for conservatives and progressives. Transparency — keeping the light on the people’s business — ought…

Newspaper credibility depends on transparency

Newspapers doing right things in right ways distinguish themselves in three principle ways: – Defending the First Amendment – Championing Open Government – Distinguishing between what they do and what is commonly called “fake news.”  What newspapers do has always been important and has always mattered, but it has never been more important or mattered…

Georgia Transparency in review

The Georgia First Amendment Foundation has recapped open government issues in 2017 in an article headlined: Georgia’s 2017 right-to-know milestones The public’s right to know in Georgia ended 2017 with a mixed scorecard. On the plus side, the state’s high court affirmed that Northside Hospital and others similarly organized are subject to open records laws.…