ATLANTA (AP) — Emails show that a Georgia juvenile justice official was angered by a writer’s coverage of a bill that would keep some reports of problems in juvenile lockups secret, and she worried that news coverage could derail the legislation.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution obtained several emails showing behind-the-scenes lobbying efforts. The emails were obtained under Georgia’s open records laws.

In one email, agency legislative liaison Carol Jackson wrote “that SOB may ruin this for us” after a story was posted on an Internet site that reports on ethics in government.

Asked about the email, Jackson told The Associated Press that agency officials were trying to protect Georgia children.

The bill would make certain reports about investigations a “state secret.” Agency officials say it’s needed to protect the anonymity of youth who are confidential informants.

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