SPJ in the news: White House letter reaches its destination and then some [updated 7/29]

The story so far

On July 8, SPJ, along with 38 other journalism and open government groups, called on President Obama to stop practices in federal agencies that prevent important information from getting to the public. The national organizations sent a letter to Obama urging changes to policies that constrict information flow to the public, including prohibiting journalists from communicating with staff without going through public information offices, requiring government PIOs to vet interview questions and monitoring interviews between journalists and sources. Since then, more groups have signed on.

Read the full letter
Read the press release
Freedom of the Prez Blog: A voice in the wilderness finally heard

Update, July 29: New link added:

New York Times: It’s Time to Push Back When Government Controls the Message


Update, July 15: New links added:

USA Today: Rieder: An important crusade for open government

Russian TV Channel Life News: Journalism groups blast Obama admin for ‘politically driven suppression of news’

Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute: ‘Look No Further Than Your Own Administration’


Update, July 14: New links added:

Huffington Post Live: Free Speech Zone with @AlyonaMink

Fox and Friends: Journalists call out White House on lack of transparency

Fox Business: No transparency at the White House?


Update, July 11: New links added:

Cihan News Agency: US journalists criticize Obama administration for media censorship

The Rock River Times: 38 journalism groups urge president to stop excessive controls on public information

Asian Tribune: Obama administration’s politically-driven suppression of news in US

Washington Examiner: Journalism groups accuse Obama of news censorship

Fox News: Why media groups are accusing the administration of ‘censorship’

Steamboat Today: Rob Douglas: Journalists to Obama: ‘Stop the spin’

The Epoch Times: Coalition Seeks Open Government


Washington Times: Journalists’ group to Obama: “Stop the spin and let the sunshine in’

Huffington Post: Journalism Groups Want Obama To Stop These Frustrating Practices

Washington Times: Journalists to Obama: Whatever happened to that new ‘era of openness’?

Fox News (blog): Censorship: 38 Journalism Groups Slam Obama’s ‘Politically Driven Oppression Of News’

Politico (blog): Media orgs: Obama ‘stifling free expression’

Evening Moscow: Американские журналисты призвали Обаму вмешаться.

LeMonde: L’administration Obama à nouveau accusée d’étouffer la liberté d’expression

McClatchy Wire Service: Media, transparency groups to Obama: Keep your word

Examiner: Obama slammed for selectively ‘blocking’ reporters access to truth

The Voice of Russia: 38 journalist groups in US protest against suppression of media by White House

The Blaze: Why Journalists Are Blasting Obama’s ‘Censorship’ Policies Toward News Coverage

The Kansas City Star: Obama must end the public information barriers

Breitbart News: Journalist Groups Protest Obama’s ‘Suppression of the News’

RIA Novosti: US Journalists Criticize Obama Administration for Media Censorship

United Liberty: Unprecedented: Media assails Obama’s “politically-driven suppression of the news”

Firedoglake: 38 Journalism And Open Government Groups Call On Obama To Stop Excessive Information Control

O’Dwyers PR News: Frustrated Journo Groups Tell Obama PA Officers Stymie Reporting

Multichannel News: Journalists Accuse WH Of Politically-Driven Suppression of News

Broadcasting and Cable: Journalists Accuse White House of Politically-Driven Suppression of News

The Washington Free Beacon: Press Groups Call on Obama Admin to End ‘Pervasive’ Secrecy Practices

Associations Now: JOURNALISTS TO OBAMA ADMINISTRATION: WHERE’S THE TRANSPARENCY?

Mintpress News: Media Groups Ask Obama To Save Democracy

Maryland Reporter: Journalists ask Obama to stop ‘politically driven suppression of news’ at federal agencies

Western Journalism: Did The Media Just Turn Its Back On Obama? If So He’s Really In Trouble

NewsBusters (blog): In Open Letter, Journalist Groups Hit President Obama for ‘Politically Driven Suppression of News’

Personal Liberty Digest: Dozens Of Media Outlets Call On Obama To Stop Stifling Free Expression

Newsmax.com: Journalists Complain Obama Not Keeping Transparency Promise

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Media, transparency groups to Obama: Keep your word

NetNewsCheck.com: Journalism Groups Decry Public Info Controls

Mediaite: Journalism Groups: ‘Politically Driven Suppression of News’ in Obama WH

Bellingham Herald: Media, transparency groups to Obama: Keep your word

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