Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon is one of three recipients of the Golden Padlock Award, presented by Investigative Reporters & Editors to those government officials or departments deemed the most secretive in the nation.
IRE said Nixon was award worthy for his refusal to disclose information on the supplier of drugs used to execute prisoners. (The Pitch also wrote about Missouri’s secretive execution practices) He was recognized along with Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin, whose state has also come under scrutiny for its execution practices.
Here’s how IRE put it:
After Missouri announced last year it was making the state’s execution drug supplier a legally protected secret, officials began redacting all identifying information in response to freedom of information requests. When journalists eventually learned the name of the hidden supplier, they reported the company was not licensed in the state, had been cited in the past by regulatory agencies and was paid thousands of dollars for its services in cash deliveries by a high-ranking state official. Rather than embracing greater openness and transparency following the revelations, the state again shrouded its new, unknown execution drug supplier in secrecy where it remains today.
Also winning the award was the U.S. Navy for withholding information on last year’s shootings at a Maryland naval yard.