2021 States of Denial Report

National Freedom Information Coalition March 15, 2021

The National Freedom of Information Coalition (NFOIC) released the “States of Denial” report. The report highlights the greatest threats to government transparency and access to public records. According to the survey of 39 state and local open government coalitions here are the 8 most common threats to government transparency: 

Threats to Government Transparency:

  • Exemptions 
  • Lack of enforcement 
  • Officials hostile toward FOI 
  • Fees too high 
  • Legislature hostile to FOI 
  • Public apathy 
  • Pandemic-related secrecy 
  • Partisan politics 

To learn more about the “States of Denial” report, you can find the link here