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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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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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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Do police have to release the name of the officer involved in the Ferguson, Mo. shooting?

We’ve been getting a lot of questions about the Ferguson, Missouri police department’s decision not to release the name of the officer involved in the fatal shooting of 18-year-old Mike Brown. To get some legal answers, we turned to professor Sandy Davidson, who teaches communications law at the Missouri School of Journalism.  Here’s what you…

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Cuomo administration policy allows state to delete emails of government employees

According to WNYC, “New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration — which the governor pledged would be the most transparent in state history — has quietly adopted policies that allow it to purge the emails of tens of thousands of state employees, cutting off a key avenue for understanding and investigating state government.” “Last year,…

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How to break through the secrecy surrounding the death penalty

Journalists from four states recently joined IRE to discuss coverage of the death penalty and execution secrecy. Ziva Branstetter, Chris McDaniel, Brian Haas and Della Hasselle shared reporting tips, story ideas and more during the 45-minute Google+ Hangout. Here are four tips from the chat: When you look into lethal injection practices, don’t stop at…

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Watch live: Google Hangout on execution secrecy

Today starting at 12 p.m. CDT we’ll be talking about how to investigate the death penalty and shed light on secrecy surrounding lethal injection practices. To watch the broadcast and submit questions, click here. You can also tweet us questions at @IRE_NICAR using the hashtag #IREHangout. We’ll be joined by four journalists who have been covering executions: Ziva…

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Join us Wednesday for a Google Hangout on execution secrecy

Tune in Wednesday at 12 p.m. CDT to discuss coverage of the death penalty and the secrecy surrounding lethal injection procedures. We’ll be joined by four journalists who have been investigating executions: Ziva Branstetter, enterprise editor at the Tulsa World and one of the witnesses to the botched Oklahoma execution of Clayton Lockett. You can follow…

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U.S. Navy, Missouri and Oklahoma governors win Golden Padlock Award

Investigative Reporters and Editors has named the U.S. Navy and the governors of Oklahoma and Missouri as winners of its second-annual Golden Padlock Award recognizing the most secretive U.S. agency or individual. The U.S. Navy FOIA office was named a winner for blocking access to records about a deadly shooting rampage in Washington, D.C. that…

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Finalists announced for 2014 Golden Padlock award

Investigative Reporters and Editors is proud to announce the finalists for its 2014 Golden Padlock Award celebrating the most secretive government agency or individual in the United States.  “The spirit of secrecy is alive and well across the United States at all levels of government,” said IRE president David Cay Johnston. “Efforts to hold power…

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