“The advancement and diffusion of knowledge is the only guardian of true liberty.” -James Madison
Information is a treasure to each citizen of a nation. The general citizenry has got the liberty to access the data from the state governments by the freedom of information.
The primary purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to guarantee informed citizens as vital to the operating of a democratic organization. The holiday is a reminder of the significance of clarity in the government and the public’s right globally.
BACKGROUND OF NATIONAL FREEDOM OF INFORMATION DAY
March 16th of every year recognizes National Freedom of Information Day (FOI) which celebrates the “open government “event. This day was also the birth anniversary and legacy of President James Madison and held during the Sunshine Week.
President James Madison (the Father of Constitution) was the fourth president of the United States of America for eight years (1809 to 1817) and the final founding father to serve as the head of state. From Port Conway Virginia, President Madison was born on March 16, 1751, at Belle Grove Plantation to an affluent family and raised to their own Montpelier estate. He is the eldest of twelve siblings – seven brothers and four sisters.
In 1771, he finished his degree from the College of New Jersey, now Princeton University. Madison became the member of to the Virginia Convention and one of the author of the Virginia State Constitution in 1776.
President James Madison is known as the principal advocate for openness in public state government. He has also implemented the United States Constitution and as the significant champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights. Madison gave high importance on Individual rights and freedom of information.
During his presidency, President Madison was not above blame. However, his foreign system was criticized. Initiating the War of 1812, he demanded Congress to declare war against Great Britain. Which ended the deadlock, it was an infamous and abortive conflict battle over shipping rights. During the war, Washington DC was invaded by the British. The British blaze both the White House and the city and the President with Congress were coerced to surrender.
With his wife Dolly, President Madison retired to his plantation. His wife was remembered for her beauty and elegance as a hostess during his term in the year 1817. President Madison supported President Andrew Jackson in 1832 becoming its President in 1826. He also became a member of the Virginia Constitutional Convention of 1829. President Madison wrote “Advice to My Country”, which was a countless series articles before he passed away. President Madison died at Montpelier estate after many years of battling his sickness on June 28, 1836.
As a part of the celebration of National Free of Information Day, Sunshine week also celebrated every year during the mid week of March since it was first launched in the year of 2005. It is an annual global observance entry to information publicly led by the American Society of News Editors. The objective of the week event is to high point the factor that the open government information should reach the public to strengthen their society.
The advocate of this event – media organizations, schools, civic associations, non-business institution, schools, and other member take part in a public discussion on the value of open government during Sunshine Week.
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION: its context
Freedom of information (FOI) is an addition of the power of right to speak, think and act. A foundational international human right law, which is comprehended more basically as freedom of expression in any form of medium – print, and writing, orally, art and through the Internet as of this day. FOI also refer to the right for privacy in the topic of the world wide web technology. The right to privacy and freedom of expressions is accepted in human power and privilege of information acts.
In conclusion, freedom of information can include opposition to universal copyrights, patents, or intellectual property. The international and United States Pirate Group have organized political platforms that were based mostly on freedom of information matters.
CELEBRATING THE OPEN GOVERNMENT
Freedom of Information Day is memorialized by colleges of Law and other supporters of this event providing data on the rights granted by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) all across the country. Globally, Over 100 nations have implemented some order of freedom of information codification. The oldest in the world established in 1766 was Sweden’s Freedom of the Press Act.
On July 4, 1966, From the first Freedom of Information Act, signed by President Lyndon Johnson by giving the public the right to access the government’s every piece of information. It was first to initiate in 89th Congress as the bill S1160 (in two pages). Other countries and region are working towards implementing such laws, and with public legislation have the local ordinance.
Attending this event can help you with the best information expressing your rights to information, and be open to the opportunity to know more about the government. These observances are held to provide information to the public on how they can take dominance of their liberty when they appeal and under what situation these laws are not pertinent.
Also, individually, you can also honor Freedom of Information Day by extending some of your knowledge regarding this matter around you – with your family, friends, and co-workers. Take time to supply them with all the relevant particulars and print some fliers and spread it out to people who are entitled to the information about you held in government records, and make sure that all the relevant information came from the government agency and sector are valid and accurate.