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Transparency Project of Georgia launched

Transparency Project Director Jim Zachary encourages journalists and citizens to contact journalist Kelsey Cochran to learn how they can become a part of the Transparency Project of Georgia in an introductory video that can be found on the website: www.transparencyprojectofgeorgia.com.

Transparency Project Director Jim Zachary encourages journalists and citizens to contact journalist Kelsey Cochran to learn how they can become a part of the Transparency Project of Georgia in an introductory video that can be found on the website: www.transparencyprojectofgeorgia.com.

McDONOUGH — Journalists and open government advocates launched the Transparency Project of Georgia this week.

The purpose of the grassroots effort is to bring together citizens and journalists throughout the state of Georgia to champion open government causes.

Veteran newspaper editor and open government advocate Jim Zachary and journalist Kelsey Cochran are reaching out to colleagues, watchdog groups and individuals who believe in the importance of greater transparency in local government.

“Our core principle is that government belongs to the governed and not to the governing,” Zachary said. “We believe that government works best when it does all its work out in the open.”

Cochran added, “The work that elected officials do is the people’s business and citizens have every right to know what their government is up to all the time.”

The Transparency Project of Georgia does not seek or accept donations and is not a business. Its only motive, Zachary said, is to incubate a culture for more open government throughout the state.

Zachary and Cochran are hoping to recruit professional journalists, students, media bloggers and motivated citizens who want to participate in the project and help advocate for greater government transparency.

The Transparency Project of Georgia can be found at:

www.transparencyprojectofgeorgia.com