SC council tells man he can't tape meetings

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AWENDAW, S.C. - Four council members in a small South Carolina town say their meetings can't be videotaped without their permission.

But a media lawyer told The Post and Courier of Charleston that the Awendaw Town Council members are breaking the state's Freedom of Information Act.

Chris Simmons, who grew up in Awendaw, videotaped the town council's regular meeting in June. But last week a majority of the council stopped a special meeting on the town budget to object to Simmons' taping.

Awendaw Attorney Dwayne Green says the town can decide what kind of taping it wants, either audio or video.

South Carolina Press Association attorney Jay Bender says state law allows anyone to tape a meeting in any format as long as the person is not disruptive.

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dichotomy 07/03/10 - 04:12 pm
Politicians hate to see how

Politicians hate to see how stupid they look and sound to the rest of us. And it makes it really hard for them to say someone took a quote out of context.

Indigo 07/04/10 - 08:01 am
Loony Tunes are more

Loony Tunes are more informative and educational.

crackerjack 07/04/10 - 04:46 pm
I'm sure the politicians

I'm sure the politicians don't want proof of what they said to come back and bite them.

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