The Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a memo instructing its employees that all conversations with the press were barred, including simple data requests.
The memo, obtained by Axios, was quite clear in restricting all communication by CDC employees, “Effective immediately and until further notice, any and all correspondence with any member of the news media, regardless of the nature of the inquiry, must be cleared through CDC’s Atlanta Communications Office,” Lancashire wrote. “This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.”
Axios reported that the memo was issued by public affairs officer Jeffrey Lancashire on August 31. Lancashire refused to comment on the memo.
In January the Trump administration informed multiple agencies that employees were not to speak to the press including the EPA, the Commerce Ministry, the USDA, and the Department of Health and Human Services among many others.
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