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Monday, March 16, 2009

AP CEO calls for united front on open government

AP CEO Tom Curley provides his thoughts on the Obama administration's call for openness and the possibility of a federal shield law. Overall, he is optimistic about Obama's directive; however, he said, "But the only thing that will really make all these good intentions effective is a work environment in government in which compliance with open records law carries incentives and rewards for government employees."

Tom Curley, president and CEO of The Associated Press, is one of the news media's foremost advocates for open government and freedom of information.

In 2007 and 2008 he earned national awards for his work on First Amendment and open records issues, and this year he received a national citation for journalistic excellence from the William Allen White Foundation.

In question-and-answer form, he discusses the 2009 Sunshine Week initiative spearheaded by media organizations.

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