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March 14, 2019



There seems to be a misperception among some people that state public records laws and the Freedom of Information Act apply to, or are important only to, journalists. While these laws are integral in helping news organizations provide news involving all levels of government, the laws apply to every citizen of this state and nation.

According to North Carolina statute 132-1, “The public records and public information compiled by the agencies of North Carolina government or its subdivisions are the property of the people.”

What does it mean that these public records are “the property...



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