The process of locating and using information gathered by public officials and often also those in the private sector. One characteristic of an open democratic society is that citizens are able to find out what elected and appointed officials are saying and doing about issues of concern. Some officials may prefer secrecy and may close ranks against outsiders, revealing as little as possible about their actions and reasons for their decisions. Public health officials are not immune from the tendency of officialdom to withhold information that ought to be in the public domain. They may mean well and may believe they have sound political reasons for this behavior, but citizens increasingly have enforced their right to know by means of access to information legislation.
Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology.