TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Journalists who cover Florida's capital say the new administration of Gov. Rick Scott is skirting free-press traditions and attempting to control their work by limiting access to events and being slow to provide public records.
Speaking Tuesday to the Florida Society of News Editors, the nine correspondents said Scott's team is closing off events that previously would have been open. They also say the governor's office has tried to choose which reporters act as "pool reporters" for selected events, rather than allow the journalists to choose themselves.
Brian Burgess, the communications director for Scott, has yet to respond to a request for reaction.
The Florida Society of News Editors is considering how it will formally respond to the complaints.
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