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NOAA Moves to Police Media Access to Scientists, Employees

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has directed its scientists and other employees to not answer any news media questions without first talking to a public affairs officer if the reporter’s question involves any potential crisis (like a hurricane?), national news, regulatory issues, research that might have a policy implication, or anything that might be controversial. The directive also instructs employees to brief the public affairs officer after any media contact so the PA can “provide additional information and context” if necessary. (10/7/05)