Daily Tar Heel: State open records laws limit information available to journalists
From the Daily Tar Heel (11/11/12): Student journalists across the country face repeated roadblocks in their efforts to navigate some state's open records laws and uncover the facts, but few have the resources to fight in court.
The recent scandal at Pennsylvania State University, where assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of multiple counts of child molestation, brought attention to the state’s Right to Know Law and its limitations. State legislators have considered proposals to alter the law, but no action has been taken.
Media law experts have voiced concerns about the lack of a strong public records law in the state.
“Pennsylvania has one of the worst open records acts in the country,” said Frank LoMonte, executive director of the Student Press Law Center. He said according to the law, almost nothing is obtainable.