COLUMBIA — Bruce Cain said a majority of U.S. citizens do not participate in government transparency. But Charles Lewis said that there's nothing wrong with too much transparency.  

Questions were raised about the U.S. government's transparency during a debate Tuesday evening at MU's Reynolds Journalism Institute. The "Is our Government too Open?" event featured guest speakers Cain, a humanities professor at Stanford University, and Lewis, a journalism professor at American University. 

The debate was held in the midst of Sunshine Week, a national initiative to promote the importance of open government and the 50th anniversary of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

Both Cain and Lewis agreed that FOIA is a very important tool for government transparency. Cain said the law, which allows the request of public records, is the most important transparency law. But that's the only thing they totally agreed on.

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