City leaders take stand against Sunshine Law violations, call for hospital authority resignations

VALDOSTA, Ga. — When The Valdosta Daily Times exposed repeated violations of the state’s open government laws by the Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County, the authority retaliated by canceling newspaper subscriptions for patients and pulling all advertising from the newspaper. Now, months later city officials are calling for the resignations of the city’s…

Journalists push for federal shield law

Jailed journalists advocate for federal law to shield journalists By Jim Zachary ATLANTA — People are jailed for many reasons. Some use or peddle illegal drugs, others steal, while the worst offenders commit rape or even murder. Brian Karem simply refused to name the source for a news report. Karem went to jail four times…

Not government’s job to spin

  It is not the job of government to control the narrative. We do not elect men and women to city council, county commission, boards of education or state and federal government to convince us that everything is beautiful. We do not elect them to put a spin on legislative action. We do not elect…

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…