Shine on

Posted: March 17, 2008 in Bermuda, bermuda politics, media

 

You wouldn’t know it from the rain we’ve been lashed with today, but it’s the start of Sunshine Week. The Gazette is stepping up its Right  To Know public access to information campaign by adopting the Sunshine Week – Your Right To Know drive launched by the American Society of Newspaper Editors in 2002.

According to the organisation’s website:

Though spearheaded by journalists, Sunshine Week is about the public’s right to know what its government is doing, and why. Sunshine Week 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.      

Premier Dr. Ewart Brown told the Gazette he welcomed Sunshine Week in principle and insisted that a public information act “has been promised by this Government and it will be delivered” but added it was “not because of a newspaper campaign but because we talked to our constituents and they have shown a desire for greater access to information. After all, we serve Bermudians first, not newspaper reporters”.

The Gazette is asking people to support the campaign by wearing something yellow on Thursday. Now this is not a colour normally found in the extensive  Breezeblog wardrobe but as I shall be in Denver en route to the ski slopes of Breckenridge, Colorado that day, no one will know me there so I’ll forgo fashion for a good cause.Must be able to find a yellow cowboy hat or something equally ridiculous in Wal-Mart …

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