Scott Denies He's Shutting Out Fla. Media, Public

By: AP
By: AP

Miami, FL (AP) - The Inter American Press Association is expressing
concern over the working relationship between Florida's new
governor and members of the media.

The group issued a statement Wednesday, after capital reporters
in Tallahassee voiced complaints to the Florida Society of News
Editors about Gov. Rick Scott, who took office Jan. 4. The
reporters say the governor's office has imposed unprecedented
controls over access to Scott and his public activities. The say
the office has also delayed responses to public information

IAPA President Gonzalo Marroquin says there's often a natural
tension between government officials and the press, but that
shouldn't interfere with the public's access to official matters.

The IAPA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to defending and
promoting press freedom and expression in the Americas.



Gov. Rick Scott has turned aside criticism that his administration is shutting out the news media and the public.

The multimillionaire Republican insisted he's been transparent
and open during the two weeks since he's taken office during a
meeting Wednesday with newspaper editors, broadcasters and the
Capitol press corps.

Scott responded to their questions at the annual legislative
editors meeting hosted by The Associated Press at the Florida

Scott -- a political newcomer who was successful in his first try
at winning public office -- did not visit newspapers or seek their
endorsements during his successful gubernatorial campaign.

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