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Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Editorial: "Public Records are Public Records"

Recent assaults on police officers have spawned proposed bills in the Washington legislature that would prohibit a law enforcement officer's month and year of birth and official photograph from being disclosed to the public, although the news media would still have access to it.

The Spokesman-Review editorializes that such a strategy is an unacceptable precedent and that the media should not have selective privileges. Instead, public records should remain public records.

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