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Nominations sought for Dixon Freedom awards

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The annual William S. Dixon First Amendment Freedom Award is seeking nominations of New Mexicans who have championed “transparency and defending the people’s right to know the affairs of government.”

The award, sponsored by the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government, honors a select few nominees in the categories of business, law, education, government, media and citizen advocacy.

The deadline for nominations is June 22, a week from Friday.

“NMFOG celebrates New Mexicans who through their efforts have advanced the cause of transparency and accountability in our state,” Kathi Bearden, NMFOG committee chair, said in a statement regarding this year’s awards.

Award recipients, selected by a panel of NMFOG directors, will be honored at the annual “Your Right to Know” Dixon Lunch on Oct. 3 at the Embassy Suites in Albuquerque.

The award is named in honor of the late William S. Dixon, a First Amendment advocate and NMFOG co-founder.

Dixon Award winners will be announced at the end of August.

A link to the nomination form in on NMFOG’s website, nmfog.org.

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