According to an email obtained by Axios, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is telling their employees not to answer questions or speak with any reporters unless the communications office clears it.
Public affairs officer Jeffrey Lancashire wrote, “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. This correspondence includes everything from formal interview requests to the most basic of data requests.”
CDC employees are strongly forbidden to talk to any reporters, “even for a simple data-related question,” according to Axios.
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald was appointed the new director of the CDC in July by President Donald Trump. She was previously commissioner of Georgia’s Department of Public Health.
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Credit: The Hill