Access to government information, including the effect of government suppression and manipulation of scientific information on public health and safety, will be the focus of a panel discussion webcast free for the public at the downtown Oklahoma City library on March 13.
“Closed Doors; Open Democracies?” is scheduled for 7-8:30 p.m. in the 46th Star Auditorium on the fourth floor of the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.
This national event will begin with a discussion of the issues at the federal and local levels and end with ideas for action by the public.
Speakers include Francesca Grifo, senior scientist and director of the Scientific Integrity Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, and Rick Piltz, former senior associate, U.S. Climate Change Science Program, who blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s manipulation of scientific reporting related to global warming.
Originating from the National Press Club, the program is organized by OpenTheGovernment.org and is part of national Sunshine Week activities spotlighting the public?s right to know what its government is doing.
Freedom of Information Oklahoma Inc. and the Metropolitan Library System are sponsoring the local webcast of the program.
Oklahomans can hear from national experts how the suppression of scientific information for political purposes is endangering our health, safety and environment,? said Dr. Joey Senat, FOI Oklahoma Inc. president and an Oklahoma State University associate journalism professor.
FOI Oklahoma Inc. is a statewide nonprofit organization educating the public and elected officials about openness in government and the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment.
For more information, contact:
Joey Senat, Ph.D.