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Editorial: Public record must remain public

 

October 12, 2017



Some readers have suggested that this newspaper make exceptions to the public record. A retired doctor from the Virginia Mason Medical Center stated our report of a lawsuit brought against local doctors and the Petersburg Medical Center should not have been printed until the lawsuit was settled.

In another case, WAVE representatives told us the names of those seeking protective orders should be omitted from our reports.

Neither can happen.

Because we are a newspaper, we print the public record. Legally, it defines our purpose as a newsgathering agency.

Once we start removing portions of the...



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