(VIDEO) Mal Leary, Maine Press Members, Others Hold Press Conference, Testify Against LD 1805

Posted on February 24, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: |

“As many of you know, I am a journalist by trade, and I interviewed all the candidates for Governor. Let me read you a quote from the Governor, in our campaign interview. Quote: ‘If I am elected Governor, we’re going to be so open that even you will be amazed.’ I am amazed… but not in the way the Governor thought I would be.” Mal Leary, 2/23/12

For context, Mal Leary has been a journalist throughout his life, working in both Washington D.C. and in Maine as both a reporter and editor. He has won numerous awards for his reporting, both in broadcast and in print and currently reports on state government issues in Maine on radio throughout the state and in several state newspapers. Mal has been a long time member of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Capitol Reporters and Editors. He is the SPJ Sunshine Chair in Maine and is currently the president of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition and is a director of NFOIC.

A press conference was held yesterday morning at the Statehouse by Leary, other members of the Maine Press Association and concerned groups regarding LD 1805, “An Act To Implement Recommendations of the Right To Know Advisory Committee Concerning a Public Records Exception for Proposed Legislation, Reports and Working Papers of the Governor”. Later a public hearing before the Judiciary Committee was held, in which they and others testified against the Governor’s bill. A work session is scheduled for the bill next week.

Here are more clips from the press conference.

Intro by Suzanne Goucher, President and CEO of ME Association of Broadcasters, President of the Maine Freedom of Information Coalition. Her own statements regarding LD 1805 and the conclusion of the press conference.

Shenna Bellows, executive director of ACLU of Maine.

George Smith, former president of the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine.

Mike Dowd, editor-in-chief of the Bangor Daily News.

Jim Henderson, former state legislor and Maine State Archivist.

Greg Rossel, WERU Board of Director President.

Conclusion by Goucher, Q/A

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