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Not Getting to Yes: Why the Media Should Avoid Negotiating Access Rights

Thomas Cooley Law Review, Vol. 24, No. 2, p. 237, 2007

27 Pages Posted: 21 Apr 2008 Last revised: 14 Sep 2009

Catherine Cameron

Stetson University - College of Law

Abstract

This article cautions proponents of public access to government records from negotiating over the right to access. As support for this warning, this article details the high-profile events that lead to closure of access to autopsy and crime scene photographs in Florida, including the deaths of Dale Earnhardt and Gianni Versace, a killing spree by executed serial killer Danny Rollings, and the tragic death of Carlie Brucia, and focuses on how access to autopsy and crime scene photographs may have been greater had the media not chosen to negotiate over access.

Keywords: law, journalism, media, communications, access

JEL Classification: K19, K30

Suggested Citation

Cameron, Catherine, Not Getting to Yes: Why the Media Should Avoid Negotiating Access Rights. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1121420 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1121420

Catherine Cameron (Contact Author)

Stetson University - College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

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