The Society of Professional Journalists and 37 other journalism and open government groups got the silent treatment when they wrote to the White House on July 8 and again on Aug. 5, urging President Barack Obama to rein in his administration’s use of excessive controls by federal public information officers. No word back on this from the Big Guy with his beautiful baritone voice. And that’s a pity.
The groups did get a letter back from the White House this week mentioning Obama’s protection for whistleblowers, a streamlined Freedom of Information Act process and access to online visitor logs. But the letter doesn’t address other concerns, including a key one: journalists’ restricted access to sources, government scientists and officials who have critical information of public interest.
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