The Society of Professional Journalists seeks nominations for the 2012 Black Hole Award, which highlights egregious abuses of the public’s right to know.
By exposing abuses, SPJ’s Freedom of Information Committee seeks to educate the public about their rights and call attention to those who would interfere with openness and transparency.
Deadline for nominations is Monday, Feb. 21. For Black Hole Award criteria and nomination information, visit http://spj.org/blackhole.asp.
The recipient(s) will be announced during Sunshine Week, March 11-17.
In 2011, the Black Hole Award went to the Utah legislature and Gov. Gary Herbert for passage of the most regressive freedom of information legislation in recent history.
After the award was “presented,” and a large public backlash ensued, the measure was repealed.