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Spill coverage barriers remain despite promises

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

NEW ORLEANS (AP) --
Journalists covering the Gulf of Mexico oil spill have been yelled at, kicked off public beaches and islands and threatened with arrest in the nearly three weeks since the government promised improved media access.

Admiral Thad Allen, the federal government's point person for
the response, issued a May 31st directive to BP and federal
officials ensuring media access to sites along the coast.

BP Chief Operating Officer Doug Suttles followed up with a
letter to news organizations, saying the company supports people's
rights to share their thoughts with reporters.

But those efforts have done little to curtail the obstacles,
harassment and intimidation tactics journalists are facing while
covering the worst environmental catastrophe in U.S. history.


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