For the past decade, federal and state officials have put an immense amount of environmental information behind a veil of secrecy, justifying it on the grounds that the information could help terrorists. A look at the most comprehensive open-source terrorism database offers strong evidence that such fears are ill-founded.
The PACER system puts many — but not all — federal court records on line. It's an easy-to-use information access tool for journalists.
Federal employee unions want lists of political appointees whose status has been transferred to career civil service positions at the end of the Bush administration.
The Society of Professional Journalists has called on President-elect Obama and the incoming Congress to complete action on a federal shield law for journalists.
Whistleblowers can be a reporter's best friend — although friends that must often be handled with care. If you know a federal agency employee who tells you "Call me on January 21" — be sure to do it.
The Society of Environmental Journalists (SEJ) joined other journalism groups May 6, 2008, in filing a "friend of the court" brief in a Washington state lawsuit seeking access to public officials' e-mails under state law.
New language added to the 2007/08 Farm Bill by conferees at the 11th hour could create a sweeping new secrecy mandate that would prohibit the Agriculture Department from disclosing almost any information about individual US farm operations.
Great Falls, Montana, wouldn't let its citizens know details of its contracts with a utility. But a judge stopped that.
GOP Senators blocked a bill to shield journalists trying to protect confidential sources before heading home for August recess.
Who are the "American Energy Alliance" — and what does Burson-Marsteller think they need to hide about funding from major oil, utility, and business lobbies?