RTDNA has joined with the White House Correspondents Association, other journalism groups and media outlets to protest White House coverage rules that ban photojournalists from covering the president at certain events while releasing government photos and videos of the same events.
“Journalists are routinely being denied the right to photograph or videotape the President while he is performing his official duties,” the news organizations said in a letter to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. “You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases.”
The White House has argued that certain meetings and events with the president are private and not subject to media coverage. However, the groups point out that by distributing details and images from the events, the administration is attempting to make the meetings newsworthy on its own terms.
The groups are asking for a face-to-face meeting to argue for a change in policy.
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