SEJ Signs on to RCFP/News Media Coalition Letter to US EPA

July 9, 2019 — SEJ joined the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 37 other news media organizations in signing a letter to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency arguing against its proposed changes to Freedom of Information Act regulations.

The letter states "the News Media Coalition is deeply concerned about the Proposed Rule, which contains provisions that undermine the Act, are impermissible under clear, binding D.C. Circuit precedent, and would diminish journalists' ability to gather and report information to the public about the actions of the EPA and its personnel. Equally concerning is the EPA's attempt to implement the Proposed Rule without giving members of the press and the public adequate notice and an opportunity to comment..."

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