Monday, September 2, 1996

It's becoming increasingly difficult for citizens in Hawaii to find out what their government is doing.

The state Office of Information Practices, the agency responsible for ensuring public access to government records, has been gutted. The Legislature is chipping away at the Sunshine Law and the Uniform Information Practices Act. This year, legislators made it easier for members of state boards and commissions and county councils to meet secretly. Last year, they shielded police officers disciplined for wrongdoing from public scrutiny.

Increasingly, government is using computerization of public records as an excuse to deny public access to information.

The Star-Bulletin examines these and similar issues all this week.

We think you'll find it an eye-opening report.

David Shapiro
Managing Editor


Honolulu Star-Bulletin
Locked Out Archives

Monday, September 2, 1996
LOCKED OUT:
Hawaii government's slide toward secrecy
What's accessible and what's not?



Tuesday, September 3, 1996
LOCKED OUT:
The gutting of the OIP



Wednesday, September 4, 1996
LOCKED OUT:
Private meetings, public business: the Sunshine Law



Thursday, September 5, 1996
LOCKED OUT:
Police discipline files



Friday, September 6, 1996
LOCKED OUT:
Hawaii: open or no?
Media take lumps



Saturday, September 7, 1996
LOCKED OUT:
Freedom watchdogs worry
Legislature jumps on line, then slumps



Saturday, September 14, 1996
Viewpoint:
The Office of Information Practices replies
in our "Viewpoint" column



Friday, March 7, 1997
LOCKED OUT:
1997 Legislative session update



Tuesday, March 18, 1997
Star-Bulletin wins national award for Locked Out series:
The Honolulu Star-Bulletin yesterday was named winner of the
Edward Willis Scripps award for service to the First Amendment.



Monday, March 31, 1997
LOCKED OUT:
Discipline board says it’s above disclosure
But the attorneys agency answers to the state Supreme Court


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