Media Rejects White House Press Limits

The Liberty Beat

By: Derrick Broze

Leading news and media organizations have begun protesting White House restrictions on when photojournalists can take video and pictures of President Obama. The organizations sent a letter to White House Press secretary Jay Carney detailing examples when photographers were not allowed to cover presidential events and were later handed official White House photos for use, representing a major change from past administrations. The Presidents of the American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors went a step further, instructing their members to stop using handout photos and video from the White House. Some of the organizations involved include the American Society of News Editors, American Society of Media Photographers, Associated Press Media Editors, Associated Press Photo Managers, Association of Alternative Newsmedia, and Bloomberg News.

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