The Society of Professional Journalists named the Wisconsin Legislature a recipient of its “Black Hole” Award. The award goes to government bodies that fail to act in a transparent manner or that limit the public’s right to know.
SPJ cited the Wisconsin Legislature for hastily passing a collective bargaining law in contravention of the state’s Open Meeting Law and then successfully urging the Supreme Court to uphold the action. The Legislature also limited public scrutiny of redistricting maps, SPJ said.
The announcement today comes during Sunshine Week, the celebration of open government and freedom of information. In Madison, the SPJ professional chapter has declared March 16 “Thank a Journalist Day.”
For more information on the Black Hole awards, go here.