IRE Seeks Nominations for Inaugural “Government Secrecy Award

Spreading the word for our friends, Investigative Reporters and Editors:

COLUMBIA, MISSOURI – Investigative Reporters & Editors, Inc. is launching a new award – dubbed the Golden Padlock – recognizing the most secretive publicly-funded agency or person in the United States. It is calling on journalists and the public for worthy nominees.

“This honor acknowledges the dedication of government officials working tirelessly to keep vital information hidden from the public,” said David Cay Johnston, president of IRE, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the quality of investigative reporting worldwide. “Their abiding commitment to secrecy and impressive skill in information suppression routinely keeps knowledge about everything from public health risks to government waste beyond the reach of citizens who pay their salaries.”

IRE is now accepting nominations for the inaugural Golden Padlock. Nominations should be emailed to by May 24. Submissions should include the name of the agency or individual along with reasons and/or media coverage detailing the intransigence.

Governments at all levels – from local to federal – are eligible for the award. A list of finalists will be announced in early June and the award will be handed out annually at the IRE’s national conference.

The winning public agency or individual will be invited to attend the award ceremony to be “honored.” This year’s conference is June 20 – 23 in San Antonio, TX.

For further information: Mark Horvit, executive director, IRE, (573) 882-1984 or

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