Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Trump issues "gag order" silencing federal agencies


Jan. 24, 2017

After temporarily banning the U.S. Department of the Interior from tweeting during the inauguration, the Trump administration has moved to muzzle federal officials. A memo sent to several agencies—the Environmental Protection Agency; Departments of Health & Human Services, Transportation, Agriculture, and Interior; the National Institutes of Health—instructs all staff to halt press releases, social media, blogs, and web content, among other forms of external communication. The memo also states that scheduled speaking engagements and webinars will be reviewed before they are allowed to proceed. Agency officials are puzzled by the move since the Trump administration has yet to offer any explanation.

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