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Press Photographers Stand Up To White House

November 23, 2013

It is not the biggest news story of the week, I grant my readers that, but it is important.

The Obama White House has a policy where press photographers are banned from some White House events, saying the events were “private”.  The problem is that later photos of those same events taken by the White House photographer were released.  As a basic position on this matter I do not think photojournalism should be replaced with visual press releases.

The White House Correspondents Association sent a letter this week which reads in part–

As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist’s camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government. To be clear, we are talking about Presidential activities of a fundamentally public nature. To be equally clear, we are not talking about open access to the residence or to areas restricted, for example, for national security purposes.

More than 40 news organizations signed the letter that was sent to Press Secretary Jay Carney.

There is never a good time to limit press freedoms,  and no matter how it is spun the White House is just wrong on this matter.

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