Rural journalist jailed in open records battle

Rural journalist jailed in open records battle A north Georgia newspaperman was jailed after he made an open records request. The state’s leading authority on the First Amendment speaks out. Click the link above for the full article by Jim Zachary in The Valdosta Daily Times.

GPA bestows Freedom of Information award

JEKYLL ISLAND, Ga. — The Georgia Press Association feted The Valdosta Daily Times and editor Jim Zachary, director of the Transparency Project of Georgia, with its prestigious Freedom of Information Award at the association’s annual convention and awards banquet in Jekyll Island. The press association said in a press release, “Through The Daily Times and…

Georgia chiefs of police trained in transparency

From The Valdosta Daily Times Law enforcement officials taught open records protocols By Jennifer Dandron | VALDOSTA, Ga. — Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police members underwent open government training Tuesday. The Valdosta Daily Times Editor Jim Zachary, director of the Transparency Project of Georgia and Georgia First Amendment Foundation board member, in coordination with…

Attorney General fines Hospital Authority

Open Government training ordered     VALDOSTA — The State Attorney General’s Office has ordered the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County to pay a $500 civil penalty to the State of Georgia and to participate in an open government training session with the Attorney General’s Office. The complete story: The Valdosta Daily Times  

Sunshine Week: Open government is good government

March 13-19, 2016 is recognized nationally as Sunshine Week  “Government business must be open; Media must help hold officials accountable,” by Jim Zachary, editor of the Valdosta (Ga.) Daily Times and director of the Transparency Project of Georgia: “Government must be held accountable. The only way for the public to hold government accountable is for all…