Assault on the Freedom of Information Act
The assault on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) on newspapers in particular continues from the Arkansas Legislature. The Arkansas Press Association has worked diligently to oppose any bill that will weaken the FOIA but the association doesn’t seem to have much clout with this Legislature.
The FOIA is not just for journalist snooping as some legislators seem to think, but was put in place to allow any citizen to know what his government is up to. Spending public tax money gives people a vested interest in the affairs of government. Several bills have been filed in the name of safety or security to close the doors on the right of citizens to know.
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