A group of 68 journalists sent a letter to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Thursday demanding that the Biden administration reopen large White House events to all journalists and questioning President Biden’s commitment to defending the First Amendment.
The new restrictions are dangerous, said Anna Diakun, staff attorney with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which this month sued the CDC for the release of records about White House and CDC policies that may keep the agency’s employees from speaking to the press and public.
“The White House is promoting inaccurate and misleading claims about the pandemic, even as it is restricting CDC employees from speaking to the press and the public,” she said.
She told me what’s happening amounts to a “gag order” on the very experts that the public needs to hear from directly. And it may be a violation of constitutionally protected free speech.