You know you have a problem when…

The Society of Professional Journalists has an excellent “Open Doors” section on their website. It includes a bullet-point list of red flags, just some of which I’m mentioning below.

You Know you Have a Problem With FOI When…

  • A government agency announces a new policy to close certain records or institute new procedures for requesting records.
  • A government entity attempts to muzzle frequent “gadflies” or critics.
  • Government files, which had been available, suddenly become unavailable.
  • A government employee wants to know “why you want” information or records.
  • A government agency increases the price of copies or duplication.
  • A government agency (or a local government) purchases a new computer system that stores information in a new format.
  • Read the rest of the list here.


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