(Steve Griffin | The Salt Lake Tribune) David Cuillier, SPJ Freedom of
Information Committee chairman, carries a black wreath through the rotunda
at the state Capitol on Wednesday, March 16, 2011, after announcing the
Society of Professional Journalists had given Utah Governor Gary Herbert
and the Utah Legislature the national "Black Hole Award" for exceptional
efforts to undermine freedom of information.
An associate professor in the University of Arizona School of Journalism presented Utah's governor with a "Black Hole of Secrecy" award for a newly adopted law that the Society of Professional Journalists says is among the worst in the nation in restricting access to government records.
"There is no other law like it," David Cuillier, who chairs SPJ's Freedom of Information committee, told the Salt Lake Tribune. "This is by far the worst legislation we've ever seen. And we follow these things closely."