Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Mayor Ford using security to keep press at bay: David Nickle

"Media told where it stands at city hall these days," writes David Nickle, veteran City Hall reporter and current president of the Press Gallery.
"Absent his press secretary and communications staff, Mayor Ford has taken to seconding city hall security staff to escort him between his parking garage and office doors. Security has meanwhile made a space to the rear of the mayor’s office, inside the councillors’ secure area, inaccessible to news media who are accredited to enter the space. There’s nothing illegal in doing this — indeed, the press gallery (and full disclosure — I’m serving as president of the gallery) had lost a battle in negotiating new council-approved security access rules, requiring reporters not to linger in the councillors’ common office area. "
Full story in the Scarborough Mirror

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