“Sunshine Week” has come and gone. It had nothing to do with the weather.
Sunshine Week is the annual celebration of access to public information. It deals with the celebration and advocacy of open government and freedom of information. It is open to anyone interested in the public’s right to know what their government is up to from the town hall to the White House. It encompasses all the freedoms in the First Amendment. Those five freedoms guarantee freedom of the press, assembly, religion, petition and speech.
Sunshine Week is celebrated mostly by the news media which, despite all its faults, is often the only defense against the abuse of power and the powerful institutions that rarely admit abuses of their power. A press, free of government censorship, is vital to society.