Celebrating freedom of press
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I applaud Plaindealer publisher Alan Todd for his strong editorial stand for freedom of access to public meetings and openness in government.
In these days of an abundance of verbiage from print, social media, TV pundits and talking heads, I believe we need a strong, honest and outspoken Fourth Estate to investigate and report the legality and facts of news accounts. Actions like barring a reporter from a publicly noticed open meeting, rebuffing a newspaper's request for an open records request, skirting honest procedures on transparency and truth in government wade too close to violating the First Amendment's prohibition of abridging of freedom of speech or of the press.
Let's celebrate our Constitution's guarantee of freedom of the press as an essential right: support strong reporting and investigative journalism that promotes truth and transparency in government. Sincerely,