Protect public’s right to know

An editorial from The Intelligencer/Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING, W.Va. — Attempts to keep the people from learning what their government is doing behind closed doors often are framed by special interests as steps to rein in the imaginary monolith described as “the media.”

It just is not so.

Like the people we serve, West Virginia newspapers are incredibly diverse. But on one issue – the people’s right to know what government is doing – we are firmly united.

At every level of government, the desire to limit access to information by both the press and individuals is enormous.

That is one reason journalists worry about a bill already approved by the state House of Delegates – and you as Mountain State residents should, too. It is HB 4310, which would make records concerning permits to carry concealed weapons confidential…

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