By David Cuillier | April 20th, 2009
In 1989, the Supreme Court made the wrong call in Department of Justice v. Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, broadening the concept of personal privacy and narrowing the definition of the public’s interest in disclosure. One person’s privacy overrides everyone else’s need to know information that affects them. This ruling has led to a myriad of silly laws and policies that seem fine on the surface: keeping hidden someone’s birth date or home address. But when it hides the identity of killers, rapists, officials’ cronies/relatives on the government payroll, etc., it’s gone too far.
An awesome panel with the nation’s finest scholars in access will discuss the legacy of this key court case on Tuesday, April 28, in Washington, D.C. Folks like Jane Kirtley from the University of Minnesota and Lucy Dalglish from the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press will talk about the effects of this court case and wehre we stand today. For more information see the Collaboration on Government Secrecy, which is sponsoring the forum, organized by Daniel J. Metcalfe.