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The Interior Department’s restrictive new press policy

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A new policy for the press office for the Interior Department’s lead watchdog severely restricts the office’s interactions with reporters, The Hill reports.

The policy, which went into effect earlier this month, allows the DOI Inspector General’s press office to only offer journalists calling for information on investigations no comment or the statement “our report speaks for itself.”

Press officials were previously able to offer journalists additional information on investigations or provide context on background.

The Interior General’s office is currently handling six ethics investigations into DOI officials, including Secretary David Bernhardt, as well as looking into former Secretary Ryan Zinke’s email use during his time at DOI.

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