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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Latest media release update

The Burque Blotter has recent proof that the City of Albuquerque may have taken us off the media release list. This morning I (Pilar Armstrong) asked if there were any city closures due to recent snowfall. I received a brief email response from Deputy of Communication, Breanna Anderson, stating that any closures would be reported to new stations and the City's information hotline or 311. Shortly afterward The Blotter received a press release sent yesterday, Feb. 14 about the City's Silver Alert Program from an outside journalist. The journalist requested that their name not be mention. The Blotter is great full for this shared information and acknowledges the journalists request. As a result, an email was sent to both PIO and DOC demanding that The Blotter be placed back on the media release list within 24 hours. The Blotter has also contacted the ACLU on this matter. Sarah Welch, outgoing director for the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government has stated previously that all government entities should follow the same procedures as the White House by allowing all citizens access to media releases.

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