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Sunshine Week Supports Your Right To Know

This week marks the 10th anniversary of Sunshine Week, a time to bring awareness to the public about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

Sunshine Week, which runs March 15-21, 2015, is a national initiative that seeks to enlighten and empower people to play an active role in their government at all levels and to give them access to information that makes their lives better and their communities stronger.

The initiative was launched by the American Society of News Editors in March 2005 with an inaugural grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation which has continued to support the effort. In 2011, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press joined ASNE as a co-coordinator of Sunshine Week.

Though created by journalists, Sunshine Week is all about the public’s right to know. You can learn about Missouri’s Sunshine Law in this chapter of a publication of the Missouri Press-Bar Commission. Missourians also can visit the Missouri Attorney General’s website to learn how to obtain public records through Sunshine Law requests, how to file a Sunshine Law complaint and to sign up to attend upcoming workshops on the Sunshine Law.

For more information about Sunshine Week and how you can participate, visit Missouri Press Association’s website.

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