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RNA joins 70 journalism groups requesting Trump administration meeting on government access

Tuesday, January 24, 2017  
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RNA recently joined 70 journalism organizations urging the Trump administration to meet regarding access to government. The letter continues work led by SPJ, who in 2013 initiated efforts to improve transparency during the Obama administration.

Specifically, the coalition requested a discussion regarding:

  • the media’s ability to directly interact with government employees, rather than Public Information Officers;
  • the ability to access the president’s activities;
  • and the ongoing strength of the Federal Freedom of Information Act.

“We believe strongly that journalists are the eyes and ears of the citizens of the United States,” said SPJ National President Lynn Walsh in a recent press release about the coalition's efforts. “The average American citizen does not have the time or resources to check up on elected officials to make sure they are running the country the way they should. It is up to journalists to help hold those in power accountable.”

Though President Obama was also criticized for falling short on government transparency promises he made during his tenure in the White House, he reiterated the value of the media in his final press briefing on January 18, saying that a free press “is part of how this grand experiment in self-government works…America needs you and democracy needs you.”

>> READ THE FULL LETTER

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