To our readers

April 21, 2005

To our readers

In December, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr.'s staff gave The Sun a list of nearly two dozen grievances with the newspaper's coverage of his administration. The list was provided about one month after the governor banned state executive branch employees from speaking with two Sun journalists -- a prohibition that is still in effect today.

The list was given to executives of The Sun at an off-the-record meeting to discuss the governor's concerns and the ban. To honor our commitment to the governor, The Sun has not released the list or details of our conversation at that meeting.

A few days ago, however, the governor's chief counsel, Jervis S. Finney, sent a letter to the newspaper asking for a "prompt public response" to the list of grievances, freeing The Sun from its commitment to confidentiality. And today, the administration is scheduled to release the list and other documents in response to state Public Information Act requests.

The Sun is publishing on Page 17A today a report from Public Editor Paul Moore presenting his findings from an extensive review of Ehrlich administration complaints. Moore reports directly to the publisher and not to the editor or the editorial page editor of the newspaper.

In an effort to be as open as possible with our readers about the administration's grievances, The Sun has also posted on its Web site, baltimoresun.com, the unedited list of complaints from the governor and Moore's findings on each of them. In addition, baltimoresun.com has posted links to the original articles and editorials in question.

We welcome your feedback on this issue. Please feel free to contact us at publiceditor@baltsun.com.

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