NPR: Freedom Of Information Isn’t Just For Journalists

The Freedom of Information act is one of the vital lessons I learned about in college and the fact the Obama so Wednesday’s announcement at the White House was great. NPR reported on this story

President Obama told the nation, “every agency and department should know that this administration stands on the side not of those who seek to withhold information, but those who seek to make it known.”

But the real glory of the Freedom of Information law is how it gives ordinary people, all of us, ownership over the information.Every military veteran, every senior citizen, every private business ought to be cheering the president on because those are the folks who really use the Freedom of Information Act.

I know what you’re thinking — the Freedom of Information Act, that’s just for journalists, isn’t it?

No. Reporters and researchers like me file only a small percentage of the information requests to the federal government.


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