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  SPJ 'honoring' Governor Herbert with Black Hole Award for closing records
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MediaNewspaper - Ogden Standard-Examiner
News DateTuesday, March 15, 2011 05:50:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionUtah's restrictive new open records law has brought the state national recognition for reducing public access to government.

The national Society of Professional Journalists plans to present Gov. Gary Herbert with a first-ever Black Hole award Wednesday to highlight the law, which increases fees for records request and makes text messages private.

David Cuillier, SPJ's Freedom of Information Committee chief and a journalism professor at the University of Arizona, said he'll try to present the award to Herbert on Wednesday.

The award, Cuillier said, is part of Sunshine Week, an annual initiative begun in 2002 to promote greater transparency in government.

Nominations were gathered from around the country, but Cuillier said "there was no question" the award should go to Herbert as the chief executive of the state.
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