Interview: Right to know laws

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A recent survey of 100,000 U.S. high school students conducted by the University of Connecticut yielded these results: More than one-third of the students questioned think that newspapers should get government approval before publishing stories. And so it may not follow as too surprising that roughly the same number of students also believe the First Amendment to the Constitution is too far-reaching in the freedoms it affords.

The figures appear in an editorial published on Thursday in the Bennington Banner as part of that paper’s explanation for why its editor and members of the Vermont Press Association are heading to the Statehouse to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding a provision of Vermont’s so-called Right to Know law. Mitch Wertlieb talks with Sabina Haskell, editor of the Bennington Banner and president of the Vermont Press Association, about the law.

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