Roberts: State’s journalists gain much-needed legal firepower

The Denver Post: It’s the First Amendment crisis you probably haven’t heard about, lawyer and former newspaper reporter David Snyder wrote in an article for With their resources diminished, local news organizations across the country are waging far fewer legal battles than in the past.

The consequences? “A profound negative effect on the public’s access to public records and meetings, and on the ability of journalists to simply do their jobs,” Snyder observed.

There was a time, more than a decade ago and earlier, when The Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and The Gazette in Colorado Springs would readily go to court to challenge a wrongful denial of public access to government records or proceedings or to force the disclosure of sealed documents.

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