A report charge against U.S. Government to block the flow of information and its paranoia about leaks.
The media expected this week at the White House
The honeymoon between American journalists and Barack Obama have long left behind. A final report of journalism accuses Obama Administration of information work harder, try to circumvent the mediating role of the media and impose a state of internal paranoia about possible leaks.
Normally governments are undemocratic countries which bear the ears spurt international press associations. This time the object of criticism is the Obama administration, and also by an organization based in the United States, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ, for its acronym in English).
In a report released this last week ( PDF in Spanish ), CPJ load hard against the internal practices of a presidency that began promising Tranparência and stayed away from her.
Few interviews to the media and preference for social media posts
“This is the most closed administration and control freak that I’ve never covered,” says David Sanger, chief correspondent of “The New York Times” in the U.S. capital. One of the testimony collected by the principal author of the report, Leonard Dowie, former director of “The Washington Post”.
According to Dowie, “journalists and transparency advocates say the White House routinely slows disclosure of information and deploys its own means to evade the scrutiny of the press.” The latter is in reference to the few interviews he gives Obama traditional media, preferring the dissemination of messages through electronic media channel easier.
To these complaints are added to the “aggressive pursuit of leakers of classified information and the extensive electronic surveillance programs to prevent government sources speaking to reporters.”
The controversy in recent months about the ongoing investigations by the Administration on the work of journalists who published several exclusive from leaks, has shown that not only penalizes officials who can pass information but journalists themselves receive it. FBI access to e-mails and phone calls from the Associated Press and a reporter for Fox News, by permission of the Department of Justice have made much of the journalistic profession against the Government.
The sources are afraid
Since 2009, six public employees have undergone criminal prosecutions for leaking classified information to the press, compared with three in all previous administrations. But, apart from cases of possible violation of the law, like the condemned soldier runaway Manning and Snowden, the tough internal government warnings that many sources do prefer not to risk talking, although there was no crime in that.
“Most are deterred by these legal proceedings of the leaks. They have a fear of death. There is a gray area between classified and unclassified information, and many sources were in that gray area, “notes Scott Shane, national security editor of” The New York Times. ” He adds: “The sources are now afraid to go into that gray area. Are you having a preventive effect. Considering the aggressive coverage of government activities as the heart of American democracy, this turns the balance clearly in favor of the government. “
The White House denies the allegations. Press secretary Jay Carney says Obama has given more interviews than George W. Bush and Bill Clinton together, but that includes participation in television entertainment shows and interviews with local media, usually more accommodating.