NEFAC Statement on Oct. 19 Meeting with Staff of R.I. Gov. Gina Raimondo About APRA Concerns

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT Justin Silverman | 774.244.2365 | justin@nefirstamendment.org

In response to a letter sent by ACCESS/RI, American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Press Association, New England First Amendment Coalition, and League of Women Voters of Rhode Island to Gov. Gina Raimondo on October 6, members of the governor’s office staff held a meeting with the organizations today to discuss the administration’s handling of open records requests. The organizations released the following statement about today’s meeting:

“We appreciate that the governor’s office brought together high level staff to listen to the concerns and problems that the media and the public have encountered in obtaining access to important public records.

“We are encouraged by the dialogue that took place and the pledge to reexamine previous denials of records and to spread the word among state agencies about the importance of transparency.

“We are eager to see progress in the coming months that will demonstrate a greater commitment by the governor to the public’s right to know.”

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NEFAC was formed in 2006 to advance and protect the Five Freedoms of the First Amendment, including the principle of the public’s right to know. We’re a broad-based organization of people who believe in the power of an informed democratic society. Our members include lawyers, journalists, historians, academics and private citizens.

Our coalition is funded through contributions made by those who value the First Amendment and who strive to keep government accountable. Donations can be made here. Major Supporters of NEFAC for this year include: The Robertson Foundation, The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Boston Globe and Boston University.