SPJ Black Hole Award: Utah is Winning!

The Society of Professional Journalists launched the Black Hole Award this year to highlight the most heinous violations of the public’s right to know. The Freedom of Information Committee accepted nominations for 2010 violations, coordinated by committee member Mike Farrell of the University of Kentucky, and selected the winner along with runners-up. This award will be handed out annually during national Sunshine Week. Of Utah’s HB 477, SPJ said:

“This is by far the most anti-Democratic secrecy legislation we have ever seen in the United States,” SPJ Freedom of Information Committee Chairman David Cuillier said. “This isn’t about protecting privacy of citizens or saving tax dollars. This is about hiding shady dealings to protect the privacy of officials so they can fool the public without recourse.”

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