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.
Adm. Thad Allen, the federal government's point person for the
response, issued a May 31 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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