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Mississippi Newspapers Push For Open Records

Posted by Maggie on February 11, 2008

While browsing the Southern papers today, I noticed this note on a state-wide effort to put open-records issues in the public eye in newspapers across the state of Mississippi. Many of the pieces below were published in multiple newspapers. Here’s some of the highlights:

The Jackson Clarion-Ledger looks at several citizens fighting for information but not getting it(this story also ran in Hattiesburg and other MS papers), takes a swipe at the Jackson Mayor for refusing to provide information to reporters in violation of his office’s policy, and urges change.

The Sun-Herald in Biloxi focuses on the expense of enforcing a request, noting there’s no recourse except to hire a lawyer.

An article today in Hattiesburg discusses the exemptions to the current open records laws and their use and abuse.

Props to Mississippi journalists for challenging the government on an important issue. I’ll check in to see additional articles later in the week.

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