CDC Employees Prevented from Speaking to Reporters

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CDC Employees Prevented from Speaking to Reporters

On August 31, 2017, a public affairs officer at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reportedly sent an email to employees, instructing them not to speak to reporters. The email stated: “Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC’s Atlanta Communications Office.” This requirement applies to all communications, “from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.” According to CDC employees, all such requests must be referred to headquarters, “even if they could be handled by sending a simple link.”

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