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Victim Privacy Task Force Approves Final Report

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Edmund Town Hall in Newtown. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.

Edmund Town Hall in Newtown. Photo by WTIC’s Matt Dwyer.

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HARTFORD, Conn. (CBS Connecticut) _ The legislature’s Victim Privacy and Public’s Right to Know task force approved it’s final report Friday in a 15-2 vote.

Among the four recommendations made, the most notable and restrictive is one that would restrict public access to crime scene media, including recordings of 9-1-1 calls, dispatch tapes and photos or videos depicting homicide victims.

Commission member Jim Smith, President of Connecticut’s Freedom of Information Council, worries that it puts shackles on journalists.

“The working journalists in this room have grave concerns about the vote of this task force and shutting off more and more information to the public,” he said.

He voted against the report. The task force was created following the Newtown shooting.

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