- Associated Press - Thursday, September 8, 2016

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - The Victoria Advocate and KXAN television in Austin have been honored for their investigative free speech efforts in Texas.

The Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas on Thursday announced winners of the Spirit of FOI Award. The news organizations were honored for investigations into law enforcement actions based on documents obtained using the Texas Public Information Act.

The Nancy Monson Spirit of FOI Award went to the Victoria Advocate, in Class A, for an in-depth look at questionable hiring in a sheriff’s office.

KXAN won in Class AA for “Racial Profiling Whitewash.” The investigation showed how the Texas Department of Public Safety and Austin police wrongly recorded the race of minority motorists during traffic stops - skewing the accuracy of racial profiling data.

The Dallas Morning News received an honorable mention for an investigation testing the open government practices of more than 100 cities, counties and school districts.

The winners were honored during the FOIFT annual conference in Austin.

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Online:

https://foift.org/

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