Journalists Protest Obama’s ‘Politically-Driven Suppression of News’

Ben Swann

The Society of Professional Journalists is leading 38 journalism groups, who have banded together in an attempt to bring a major issue to the attention of the White House.

In what the Washington Examiner is calling an “unprecedented criticism of the White House,” the 38 journalism groups are accusing President Obama’s team of censoring media coverage, and promoting a “politically-driven suppression of the news.

The group sent a letter to President Obama on Tuesday, urging him to be more transparent, and to “take a stand to stop the spin and let the sunshine in.”

Over the past two decades, public agencies have increasingly prohibited staff from communicating with journalists unless they go through public affairs offices or through political appointees,” wrote David Cuillier, SPJ’s President and the letter’s author. “We consider these restrictions a form of censorship – an attempt to control what the public is allowed to see and hear.”

The letter pointed out that despite the pledge Obama made on his first day in office to bring “a new era of openness,” to federal government, the opposite has occurred.

Recent research has indicated the problem is getting worse throughout the nation, particularly at the federal level,” Cuillier wrote. “Journalists are reporting that most federal agencies prohibit their employees from communicating with the press unless the bosses have public relations staffers sitting in on the conversations.

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