Gag order placed on ARS
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1910) 4 years ago
An Agriculture Department research agency has banned the release of news releases, photos and other material to the public.
In a memo to employees at USDA's Agricultural Research Service, chief of staff Sharon Drumm said the agency would immediately cease releasing any "public-facing" documents.
"This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content," read the email memo obtained by The Associated Press.
A statement released by ARS spokesman Christopher Bentley said the agency "values and is committed to maintaining the free flow of information between our scientists and the American public as we strive to find solutions to agricultural problems affecting America."
The statement said some material would still be available on the agency's website.
Buzzfeed News first reported the memo.

Guess all those stories on Russian olive pissed someone off.
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Posted by Cory Cutting (+1277) 4 years ago
It's happening! The country as we know it is ending!!!

http://www.9news.com/news.../392135527
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Posted by Dustin Strong (+116) 4 years ago
The ARS memo was not approved by the Department and has been rescinded.
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Posted by MRH (+1480) 4 years ago
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Posted by Amorette F. Allison (+1910) 4 years ago
Once the gag order leaked to the media, it was rescinded. Darn that free press.
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