Saturday, November 21, 2009

New Englanders support greater access to public records.

New Englanders value openness in government, yet are skeptical that public officials share that value. They believe that having open access to the workings of government is important to citizenship. Most favor toughening the laws that protect access, and most agree that journalists are on the front lines in that fight.

Moreover, nearly nine out of ten New Englanders believe government agencies that wrongly withhold public records should pay the legal bills necessary to open them.

Those were among the findings of a recent poll of attitudes toward the First Amendment commissioned by The New England First Amendment Coalition and conducted by the University of New Hampshire’s Survey Center. Read more

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