Michigan State University wins 2019 Golden Padlock Award

Investigative Reporters and Editors has named Michigan State University as the winner of its annual Golden Padlock Award recognizing the most secretive U.S. agency or individual. MSU was selected for this national honor for keeping sweeping sexual assault scandals under tight wraps, including serial abuse by disgraced team doctor Larry Nassar and hundreds of student…

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Finalists announced for 2019 Golden Padlock Award

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2019 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States. “From protecting powerful companies and politicians from public scrutiny to hiding the use of millions in taxpayer dollars to shrouding serious crimes in secrecy, the…

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City of Atlanta wins 2018 Golden Padlock Award

Investigative Reporters and Editors has named the City of Atlanta as the winner of its annual Golden Padlock Award recognizing the most secretive U.S. agency or individual. Atlanta was selected for this honor for directing city staff to block records requests and for releasing false invoices that triggered a criminal investigation into alleged violations of…

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Finalists announced for 2018 Golden Padlock Award

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2018 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States.  “Politicians and civil servants committed to undermining the public’s right to know are a special breed,” said Robert Cribb, chair of IRE’s Golden Padlock committee.…

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Scott Pruitt wins 2017 Golden Padlock

Investigative Reporters and Editors has named Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the winner of its annual Golden Padlock Award recognizing the most secretive U.S. agency or individual.  Pruitt was selected for this honor for steadfastly refusing to provide emails in the public interest and removing information…

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IRE announces 2017 Golden Padlock Award finalists

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2017 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States. “Undermining the public’s right to know requires dedication, creativity and chutzpa,” said Robert Cribb, chair of the IRE’s Golden Padlock committee. “The sophisticated methods of this…

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Nominate a secretive government agency for IRE’s Golden Padlock award

Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States. “The techniques of government secrecy have been elevated into high art by determined civil servants,” said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. “This award brings well-deserved recognition to those…

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Nominate a secretive government agency for IRE’s Golden Padlock award

The 2015 Golden Padlock presentation Watch on YouTube Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its fourth annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States. “Thwarting the public’s right to know has become a mission statement inside many government bureaucracies across the country,” said Robert Cribb, chair…

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Finalists announced for 2015 Golden Padlock award

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI: Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2015 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States. “There is a unique brand of courage displayed by public officials who deny, delay and circumvent the public’s right to know with a straight-faced sense of duty,”…

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IRE nomination call for most secretive government agency or individual

Investigative Reporters and Editors is now welcoming nominations for its third annual Golden Padlock award recognizing the most secretive government agency in the United States. “Governments have elevated secrecy into a form of high art,” said Robert Cribb, chair of the Golden Padlock committee. “We seek to honor those who have excelled in the practice…

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