November 23, 2013
The White House has increasingly limited the access of photojournalists and cameramen covering President Barack Obama, handicapping their ability to monitor the government, a group of the country’s largest news organizations says in a complaint.
“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the president while he is performing his official duties,” says a letter sent to the White House on Thursday by news groups. “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.”
McClatchy newspapers reported that the letter was addressed to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney and signed by 38 news organizations, including all major broadcast and cable networks, wire services, Internet news outlets, and newspapers such as The New York Times and Washington Post. The White House Correspondents’ Association and White House News Photographers Association also endorsed the complaint.