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Monday, March 14, 2011

Governor Kasich limiting coverage of release of his budget plan

 Updated at 5:21 p.m.

According to the Association Press, Gov. John Kasich’s office has reversed policy and will now allow journalists to broadcast sound and images gathered during a Tuesday media briefing on the state budget.

Spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp says the reversal was prompted by concerns raised by Statehouse journalists and media outlets on Monday, the first day of Sunshine Week, which calls attention to laws that allow public access to government records and meetings.

Reporters objected to rules limiting them to notepads, pens, and tape recorders, which were to be used only to check accuracy. Video and photos also were to be prohibited.

The media briefing precedes Kasich’s public budget rollout at 6 p.m. It will take the form of a town hall forum for invited guests and broadcast on government television.

Original post:
According to the Associated Press, reporters have been told they will not be allowed to broadcast sound and images from the Tuesday release of Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s budget plan.

Spokeswoman Connie Wehrkamp says journalists can bring only pens, notepads and tape recorders to the afternoon briefing, where Kasich is to announce the first details of his state spending blueprint for the next two years. She says videos and photos will be prohibited and the audio may not be used for anything but checking accuracy.

Members of the Statehouse press corps registered complaints with the governor’s office on the matter. They noted a lack of precedent for such limits on their ability to cover a governor’s budget release. An invitation-only town hall meeting later Tuesday will be broadcast on government television.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't even believe he'd attempt to hide information in such a crooked way from the people. Even Ted Strickland was more transparent than this joke of a Governor.

March 18, 2011 at 12:38 AM 

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