Guest Column: Government secrecy blocks accountability in MS
OXFORD, Miss. (AP)–Fast-moving world events remind us again how secrecy harms societies and how critical the free flow of information is to protecting citizens’ rights.
As Egypt descended into anarchy, revolutions were being spawned in other countries.
Efforts to impose secrecy on unfolding events by shutting down the Internet and attempting to prevent news media from reporting the story have failed and instead fueled the people’s revolution.
By closing off access to information, governments obscure the truth and avoid accountability to the public.
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