The Michigan Press Association has joined the Mackinac Center in expressing concern over the impact Proposal 2 could have on Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act, according to the Detroit Free Press.

The MPA and the Center issued a joint press release on the matter Tuesday.

“The Michigan Press Association fights hard to ensure the government maintains open access to information, specifically as it involves possible criminal behavior of government employees,” Jim Young, MPA president and publisher of the Oceana County Herald-Journal, said in the release. “Even with FOIA in effect, governments can make it hard to report vital news that affects Michigan citizens directly. Proposal 2 offers a change to the constitution that could have chilling effects on citizens’ right to know.”

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