Editorial: Access to 911 recordings about knowing

Legislature wants to restrict access unless the caller gives permission for release

The Bismarck Tribune

The reason for public access to recordings of 911 calls isn't to exploit the terror of callers who are witnesses to accidents, crimes or other emergency situations. It isn't so someone can invade the personal lives of others and get their jollies off that person's crisis. It isn't for some perverse or sensational entertainment.

Rather, the public has a right, a powerful need, to know what happens in a democratic society.

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