FIGHTING FOR PUBLIC RECORDS IN CALIFORNIA AMID COVID-19

UPDATE ON APRIL 14: We’ve hit our capacity of 100 attendees for this call. Please stay tuned for details on future sessions. ORIGINAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Join SPJ NorCal and the First Amendment Coalition for an informative and interactive one-hour call Zoom call on obtaining public records laws during the public-health emergency. Media lawyers and journalists will provide an…

 

SPJ NorCal, First Amendment Coalition Publish CPRA Response Template For Requesters Facing Delayed Access

For immediate release Contact: SPJ NorCal FOI Committee at spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com Some state and local entities in California have stopped responding to requests made under the Public Records Act amid changes to operations due to the COVID-19 health emergency. SPJ NorCal, along with the First Amendment Coalition and numerous other advocacy groups, issued a joint statement on March…

 

SPJ NorCal Joins Coalition Urging California Courts To Ensure Public Access Amid COVID-19 Emergency

The First Amendment Coalition and 10 other advocacy organizations, including SPJ NorCal, called on the California judiciary today to recognize  the public’s First Amendment right of access to court proceedings during the COVID-19 pandemic. “Courts across California are halting proceedings, restricting access to buildings and holding some hearings telephonically, raising concerns that members of the…

 

SPJ NorCal Joins FAC, Coalition Of Media Organizations To Urge Compliance With California Public Records Act

For immediate release Contact: SPJ NorCal FOI Committee at spjnorcalfoi@gmail.com In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, some government agencies in California have announced that they intend to stop responding to California Public Records Act requests until the crisis passes. There is no legal basis for this extraordinary step. The California Public Records Act, Gov. Code §…

 

SPJ NorCal Postpones March 19 James Madison Awards Dinner

Dear friends: The Society of Professional Journalists Northern California chapter has decided to postpone its annual James Madison Freedom of Information Awards dinner, which is organized by SPJ NorCal’s Freedom of Information Committee to honor organizations and individuals who have championed free speech and government transparency in the preceding year, due to public health concerns…

 
 
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