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Top Washington journalists to discuss fight for press access

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As journalists’ struggle for access to public information has become increasingly difficult, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee has emerged as a leading advocate for more open government


In remarks last fall to fellow news executives, echoed in a widely shared blog post entitled “8 Ways the Obama Administration is blocking information,” Buzbee outlined the ways the White House is impeding press access and the public’s right to know.

Buzbee will address the ongoing challenges to coverage, from an increase in handout photos to day-to-day intimidation, as well as what’s at stake and what to watch for in the coming year, in a discussion on Jan. 10, at the Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., in Washington.

Buzbee will join USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page for the candid discussion. “Inside Media: Press Access and the Obama White House” will begin at 2:30 p.m. ET and is free with Newseum admission. Seating is on a space-available basis.

In her current role, Buzbee oversaw AP’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation into the New York Police Department’s surveillance of minority communities since the 9/11 terror attacks and helped lead AP’s response in 2013 to the U.S. Department of Justice’s secret seizure of AP phone records.

She previously held leadership positions for the news cooperative in Washington, the Middle East and New York. She was the news agency's Middle East editor, based in Cairo, from 2004 to late 2009, supervising Iraq war coverage and managing news, staff and logistics in 16 countries stretching from Libya to Iran.

Prior to her assignment to Cairo, Buzbee served as assistant chief of bureau in Washington. She joined the AP in Topeka, Kansas, in 1988 and was a correspondent in San Diego before moving to Washington in 1995. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Georgetown University.

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Sr. Media Relations Manager
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8 ways the Obama administration is blocking information

Posted on 09/19/2014  by  Erin Madigan White
 

The fight for access to public information has never been harder, Associated Press Washington Bureau Chief Sally Buzbee said recently at a joint meeting of the American Society of News Editors, the Associated Press Media Editors and the Associated Press Photo Managers. The problem extends across the entire federal government and is now trickling down to state and local governments.

Here is Buzbee’s list of eight ways the Obama administration is making it hard for journalists to find information and cover the news:

1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

2) The White House once fought to get cameramen, photographers and reporters into meetings the president had with foreign leaders overseas. That access has become much rarer. Think about the message that sends other nations about how the world’s leading democracy deals with the media:  Keep them out and let them use handout photos.

3) Guantanamo: The big important 9/11 trial is finally coming up. But we aren’t allowed to see most court filings in real time — even of nonclassified material. So at hearings, we can’t follow what’s happening. We don’t know what prosecutors are asking for, or what defense attorneys are arguing.

4) Information about Guantanamo that was routinely released under President George W. Bush is now kept secret. The military won’t release the number of prisoners on hunger strike or the number of assaults on guards. Photo and video coverage is virtually nonexistent.

5) Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired. Even if they just give her facts, about safety, for example. Government press officials say their orders are to squelch anything controversial or that makes the administration look bad.

6) One of the media — and public’s — most important legal tools, the Freedom of Information Act, is under siege. Requests for information under FOIA have become slow and expensive. Many federal agencies simply don’t respond at all in a timely manner, forcing news organizations to sue each time to force action.

7) The administration uses FOIAs as a tip service to uncover what news organizations are pursuing. Requests are now routinely forwarded to political appointees. At the agency that oversees the new health care law, for example, political appointees now handle the FOIA requests.

8) The administration is trying to control the information that state and local officials can give out. The FBI has directed local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology the police departments use to sweep up cellphone data. In some cases, federal officials have formally intervened in state open records cases, arguing for secrecy.

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В этом пресс-релизе говорится о том, какими способами администрация Обамы блокирует информацию

PR опубликован на  сайте известной организации AP, которая озабочена тем, что власть Обамы запрещает публиковать фотографии и новости с горячих точек и препятствует их распространению при помощи 8 методов.

1) Новостные организации не могут снимать фотографии или видео бомбардировщиков, как они взлетают...
2) Белый дом не допускает фотографов и репортеров на заседаниях, где  президент имеет встречи с иностранными лидерами за рубежом.
3) Гуантанамо сегодня - закрытая тема!
4) Информация о Гуантанамо, который была доступна при президенте Джордже У. Буше в настоящее время тоже хранится в секрете.
5) Ежедневные спорные новости, или то, что делает администрация, чтобы не показаться в негативном свете - фильтруется.
6) Запросы о предоставлении информации в соответствии с Закон о свободе информации стали медленными и дорогими удовольствиями- факт!
7) Запросы о предоставлении информации передаются теперь через политических ставленников Обамы, и если это медицина, то получить данные-0?
8) Администрация пытается контролировать информацию, которую государственные и местные чиновники могут выдать журналистам...

Но, к счастью, журналисты в США, на то и журналисты, чтобы везде засунуть свой нос... они реальная сила и власть при демократии!

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в чем разница цензуры? американцы сдерживают приток сцен насилия в эфире новостей, а русские , наоборот,  стараются его увеличить "Русский дух" в РБ

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