The EPA banned the Associated Press and CNN from a national summit on harmful water contaminants. The EPA also blocked the environmentally-focused E&E News from attending the meeting in Washington, which was convened by Scott Pruitt. One AP reporter was grabbed by the shoulders and forcibly removed from the EPA building after she asked to speak to an EPA public affairs representative. “This was simply an issue of the room reaching capacity,” said EPA spokesperson Jahan Wilcox, “which reporters were aware of prior to the event.” Wilcox later announced that the afternoon session of the meeting would be open to all press. Pruitt did not speak in the afternoon session.
Action: Tell you Senators that all government agencies press briefings must be open to all the media.
- Find Your Senators’ Contact Information by State
- Washington State Senators:
- Senator Maria Cantwell 253-572-2281
- Senator Patty Murray 253-572-3636
We need transparency and information about government actions should be made public.
This action is from Olympia Indivisible’s weekly Call to Action with formatting edits. Be sure to go to Olympia Indivisible’s website for more on the actions, upcoming events and for their latest Research Report. Also find them on Facebook.