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Re: E-M:/ Secret fish report
There's nothing in the Constitution that keeps a journalist from quoting
a draft report without the author's permission.
Marvin Roberson wrote:
It's not a "Secret" report. It contains provisional data, which makes
it a draft. Drafts are explicitly excluded under FOIA, both state and
federal, for exactly this reason. Authors do not want provisional data
cited or quoted, in order to not disseminate conclusions which may be
not be accurate after final data is in.
This author is allowing public viewing of a report containing
provisional data under the condition that citation or reference happen
only after consultation with the author. This is MORE open than
normal. In most circumstances, no version of the report would be
available for viewing until final.
On Nov 17, 2007, at 12:50 PM, Jeff Kart wrote:
I can't see how I could be bound by that. Unless they've rewritten
the First Amendment and I didn't notice.
Timothy Caldwell wrote:
You're right–it is strange that a government report (paid with
taxpayer money) cannot be cited or quoted with the author's
permission. I wonder if he has heard about FOIA?
On 11/16/07, Jeff Kart <email@example.com
Is this weird or what? A report on Lake Sturgeon
But you can't cite it without permission from the author?
Try to open it and see.
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