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Sunshine week 2008 at Rutgers-Newark

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A Dialogue on Open Government and Secrecy, March 19

WHAT:    In celebration of Sunshine Week 2008, the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers-Newark will host an event titled “Government Secrecy: Censoring Your Right to Know,” which will consist of an interactive national program webcast from the National Press Club in Washington, DC. The webcast will be followed by a discussion of how transparency issues affect New Jersey residents.

WHEN:    Wednesday, March 19, 2008, 12:45 to 3:00 p.m.

WHERE:    Rutgers-Newark, Room 449 of Conklin Hall, located on the corner of University Avenue and Bleeker Street.

Seating is limited. Please RSVP by emailing erborry@pegasus.rutgers.edu.

For directions and maps, visit www.newark.rutgers.edu/maps. This event occurs during spring break, therefore parking space close to the campus should be available.

WHY:    Initially launched as a national program in March 2005, Sunshine Week’s intent is to raise awareness of the importance of open government to everyone in the community, not just journalists. This year, Sunshine Week will be celebrated nationally March 16-22. Visit www.sunshineweek.org and www.openthegovernment.org to learn more about Sunshine Week and the national event.

SPONSORS:    School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark
New Jersey Foundation for Open Government
New Jersey League of Women Voters
Common Cause New Jersey
American Civil Liberties Union of New Jersey
New Jersey Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists
New Jersey Library Association

CONTACT:    For additional information concerning media coverage, contact
Ferlanda Fox Nixon, 973-353-5262, ferlanda@andromeda.rutgers.edu.

CONTACT:          For additional information concerning the event, contact Suzanne J. Piotrowski, Assistant Professor of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers-Newark, 973-353-5093 Ext. 20, spiotrow@andromeda.rutgers.edu.