Expanded Media Coverage provides transparency in Iowa courtrooms
In the past week, the Daily News and the public interest were represented by the Iowa Freedom of Information Council in a Jasper County courtroom. At stake was the public’s right to full and open access to court proceedings.
Not every citizen can take the time to step away from his or her everyday responsibilities to sit in the courtroom during a high-profile trial. And even if that was possible, the Grand Courtroom at the Jasper County Courthouse couldn’t possibly hold them all.
So they must rely upon the local media and the press to keep them informed as to what is happening. That is a role the Daily News takes very seriously, and it is a role we want to fulfill to the best of our abilities.
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