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UW to release some emails sought by state GOP


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The chancellor of UW-Madison says she will release some of the emails from a history professor requested by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, but she's withholding others to protect "academic freedom."

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Chancellor Biddy Martin on Friday responded to a request for emails involving professor Bill Cronon, who had written about the American Legislative Exchange Council.

The council is an industry-funded nonprofit that has urged Republicans to introduce laws limiting collective bargaining in Wisconsin and elsewhere.

The request has sparked a debate about whether such requests are a legitimate use of the Wisconsin public-records law or an effort to intimidate a professor.

Martin says she has to balance the public's right to know with the freedom scholars need in their search for knowledge.

The State Journal story is here: http://bit.ly/f6VHCS


Information from: Wisconsin State Journal, http://www.madison.com/wsj

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