The B.C. Press Council has become the 40th organization to join a coalition dedicated to pressuring the provincial government into becoming more transparent, the Campaign For Open Government announced yesterday.


Members are calling on Victoria to end a “culture of denial” toward Freedom Of Information requests.


Spokesman Darrel Evans said the government is undermining democracy by responding to requests with delays and high fees.


The Press Council turned down Evans’ initial request to join the coalition, but accepted his second invitation after a vigorous debate.


Executive director Rollie Rose said board members didn’t want to get dragged into a political battle, but they eventually decided it was in the public’s interest to join the campaign.

“In the end, we felt it was our duty,” he said.