Reporters group faults Gonzales for limiting access to government information

[JURIST] The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press has released a report on US Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales concluding that while he recognizes First Amendment interests in newsgathering and reporting, his record as a Texas Supreme Court judge and as White House counsel advising the President on such matters as Presidential papers, the Cheney energy task force and proceedings against Guantanamo detainees suggests he will favor strict regulation of access to government and executive-branch information. The RCFP ominously notes that "If confirmed, [Gonzales] will have an even greater role in setting the standard for public access to government information." Read the RCFP report and this press release. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on the Gonzales nomination.

 

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