Interior secretary responds to letter on barring of reporters from public meeting

From the Craig Daily Press:  The Craig Daily Press and Colorado Press Association have received a response from U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell’s office regarding her visit to Moffat County and the barring of reporters from a public meeting.

#In a letter emailed Tuesday evening, the Department of the Interior expressed regret at the miscommunication about the meeting that led to Craig Daily Press reporter Erin Fenner being asked to leave twice.

#“The Department of the Interior strives to maintain an open and transparent relationship with the press and the public, and we sincerely regret the incident and any role we had in the miscommunication,” the letter from Department of the Interior Director of Communications Kate Kelly said. “As you suggest, we are redoubling our efforts to coordinate with local government offices to ensure transparency and respect for important press freedoms.”

#Media attorney Steve Zansberg wrote the letter to Jewell’s office on behalf of CPA and the Daily Press and sent it Monday, requesting she ensures reporters aren’t held out of meetings that should be open to the public.

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