A government is being transparent when it allows the public to see and understand what it is doing and why. No government acts in a completely transparent manner. Many display little transparency at all.
Here are some examples of the types of government actions that indicate transparency.
1. Providing accurate political and economic information to the public
2. Allowing information about government policies to be freely disseminated
3. Allowing citizens numerous avenues to gain information about the government and its actions
4. Allowing information about the government to flow freely, including information that could be damaging to the government, with little or no censorship
5. Allowing independent media to operate free from government control
6. Providing open government proceedings, including courts, legislative sessions, and government hearings
7. Publishing the workings of the government, including laws, rules, budgets, and officials' salaries
8. Choosing leaders in an open way, without secrecy