Some states prohibit journalists from participating in upcoming caucuses

Posted on December 13, 2011

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Five states will hold presidential caucuses at the beginning of the new year, but some journalists in Iowa, Nevada and Minnesota won’t be allowed to participate, according to an article by the Poynter Institute. Advocates for this rule point out that caucuses aren’t like elections where voting is private. Those involved in caucuses are publicly showing their support for candidates and this is thought to go against the journalism unbiased opinion. It’s interesting to note that in 2008, the Denver Post tried to prohibit most of its newsroom staff from participating in caucuses until the Denver Newspaper Guild threatened to sue. The Post had to revise its guidelines. The question has always been if news organizations are taking away journalists’ rights as citizens by prohibiting their right to exercise their political opinions.

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