Why reporting politicians’ public emails just got a lot harder in Durham

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An email portal run by the city of Durham that let the media read public emails sent to and from City Council members, the mayor and city manager has been shut down.

The portal gave reporters almost instant access to the electronic discussions happening in City Hall. That access ended Sunday.

Mayor Steve Schewel, who once owned the Independent Weekly, said he liked the City Council giving the press this unique tool.

“We have had this extraordinary policy of having the portal where all of our emails sent to our city address were available to the press,” he said. “And it was great because the press could easily access the emails.”

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