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August 31, 2009

MILITARY BACKS DOWN ON RATING REPORTERS

ABC News - The U.S. military command in Afghanistan plans to terminate its $1.5 million contract with a public relations firm for services that include assessing journalists' work before embedding them with troops. . . Rear Adm. Gregory Smith, the top military spokesman in Afghanistan, said he decided to end the contract because it was becoming a distraction, Stars and Stripes reported on its website. . . The Rendon Group, a Washington-based public relations firm, provides the military with dossiers on reporters including a section on the "perspective, style and tone" of their work, according to a sample profile. The attempt to determine a reporter's accuracy erases "the line between government review of the press and censorship," says Ronald Collins of the First Amendment Center, which studies media issues. "It taxes the mind of reasonable people to think that this information was being collected for any purpose other than to weed out journalists whose accounts differ from the government's," he said.

1 Comments:

Anonymous robbie said...

that was fast...this story broke last week

August 31, 2009 6:52 PM  

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