Journalists demand access to text messages

TWO newspapers have made an unusual freedom of information demand in court, asking for access to the SMS messages of city officials.

Journalists want a city judge to order a telecommunications company to turn over possibly thousands of text messages.

The judge, rather than the journalists, would then go through the messages to seek evidence of corruption.

The action is being taken by the sister daily newspapers in Detroit – the Detroit News and the Detroit Free Press – to seek out the truth of allegations of corruption by the city administration of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.

A decision on the proposal – being conducted under a proposed settlement of a Michigan Freedom of Information lawsuit – is expected next week.


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