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This profile was last updated on 5/10/14  and contains information from public web pages.

Board Member

Phone: (405) ***-****  HQ Phone
FOI Oklahoma Inc
215 E. 6Th Street
Edmond, Oklahoma 73034
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1990, FOI Oklahoma is a statewide organization actively supporting those organizations and individuals working to open records or provide access to...   more
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Ben Blackstock ...
foioklahoma.org, 10 May 2014 [cached]
Ben Blackstock Award
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Ben Blackstock Oklahoma Press Association, retired
Freedom of Information
www.foioklahoma.org, 1 April 2003 [cached]
Ben Blackstock receives Marian Opala 1st Amendment award. During the Fourth Annual 1st Amendment Congress, FOI Oklahoma implemented a 1st Amendment recognition Award named for Supreme Court Justice Marian Opala. Justice Opala, an immigrant from Poland, exemplifies a belief in the rights guaranteed under the 1st Amendment. The award is presented to an Oklahoman who has promoted education about or protection of the individual rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.
Ben Blackstock, who for 43 years was execu-tive director of the Oklahoma Press Association, was selected for his unending support of open meetings and open records in Oklahoma. Not only was Ben instrumental in the passage of the Open Meeting/Open Record Act, but he has served as a perpetual "watchdog" for efforts to by-pass the Act.
Ben is a firm believer in the importance of the "public's right to know". He currently serves as Treasurer of FOI Oklahoma, Inc.
Freedom of Information Board of Directors
www.foioklahoma.org, 18 Sept 2013 [cached]
Ben Blackstock Oklahoma Press Association, retired
Lyndell N. Williams
www.tnf.net, 16 July 2013 [cached]
Williams came to Texas Press Association after serving 13 years as assistant manager of the Oklahoma Press Association, learning the ropes from his friend and mentor, OPA chief executive Ben Blackstock.
Also, the group awarded retired newspaper ...
www.tulsaworld.com, 18 Mar 2008 [cached]
Also, the group awarded retired newspaper executive Ben Blackstock, who spent decades pressing for openness in government, >with an Oklahoma Freedom of Information Award named in his honor.
FOI Oklahoma presented its first awards at the Capitol in an effort to recognize the work of government workers and private citizens in promoting openness in public re cords and meetings.
The Oklahoma Senate Communications Division and Information Systems Department won FOI Oklahoma's Sunshine Award for providing streaming video online from the Senate Chamber and committee rooms.
Blackstock, 82, of Oklahoma City, was manager of the Oklahoma Press Association for 44 years before retiring in 1995.
Blackstock said his namesake award should go to "a plain citizen who has taken an interest in raising hell locally, and wherever else, to keep the records open and to keep the meetings open."
State open records laws aren't just for the press and were never intended to be solely for reporters, he said.
"If we don't have a lot of help from the citizens and voters out there, then it's looked upon as something for the news media and reporters," he said.
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