Thursday, May 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm (Updated: May 17, 1:00 pm)
By KEN PAULSON
First Amendment Center
Governments like to keep things secret. To be fair, some government officials see the benefit of the free flow of information, but governments reflexively tend to keep things from public view, particularly if the information may raise questions about government conduct.
Of course, our guarantees of freedom of speech and press were instituted in part to keep an eye on people in power. If we’re to assess effectively how well our public servants are doing their jobs, we need access to information.
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