The Arizona Press Club is seeking your help to crown the most deceptive and lowdown government agency or politician in the state – and to award dedicated reporters who don’t take “no” for an answer.
That’s right, we’re looking for nominations for the annual Arpaio First Amendment Disservice Award, aka the “Brick Wall” award, and the Sledgehammer award, both of which will be given at the Press Club’s May 19 awards party at The Duce in downtown Phoenix.
As you may be aware, the “Brick Wall” award is presented to officials and government agencies that do their utmost to ignore public records requests and open meeting laws, hide or destroy public documents, and place themselves above the public’s constitutional right to know what their representatives are up to.
And where there are forces of darkness, there are forces of light. The Sledgehammer award is a tribute to reporters who relentlessly hunt for the truth despite all obstacles and deception thrown in front of them by their shameless prey.
We're looking for the most egregious examples of bad behavior from April 1, 2011, through March 31, 2012. So, write us a short summary of the nefarious encounters you or others in your newsroom had during the past year and please nominate the sledgehammer-wielding journalists who served as an outstanding example to others. Please include links to or copies of any stories that would tell us more. Email your nomination to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 30, 2012.