SC council tells man he can't tape meetings

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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