– “Sunshine Week: Public records are essential”
“The people of this state do not yield their sovereignty to the agencies that serve them. The people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the right to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for them to know. The people insist on remaining informed so that they may maintain control over the instruments that they have created. This chapter shall be liberally construed and its exemptions narrowly construed to promote this public policy and to assure that the public interest will be fully protected. In the event of conflict between the provisions of this chapter and any other act, the provisions of this chapter shall govern — Washington Public Records Act, R.C.W. 42.56.30.
Public access to government records and data is vital to democracy. Records are a go-to tool for anyone wanting to glimpse the inner workings of government.
Without windows and doors of government that are wiped clean and kept open, government cannot easily be held accountable to the people it serves.
But transparency in government is never a given. The public, like newspapers, must be prepared to fight for meaningful access. And also pay for it.
We trumpet this message today as we mark the beginning of Sunshine Week, which U.S. newspapers and open-government advocates observe each year,” quoting The Olympian Editorial Board.
– Sunshine Week is brought to you by:
the American Society of News Editors and Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.