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Obama Falls Short of Promise for Transparency, Journalists Say

President Barack Obama has failed to deliver on a promise to lead the most transparent government in U.S. history, more than 50 media and open-government advocates said, complaining about constraints on their access to officials and documents.

The Obama administration often blocks or delays reporters’ requests for interviews, monitors what’s discussed when they are allowed and engages in “forms of censorship,” the organizations said in a letter to the White House that was made public on Wednesday. Officials who speak to reporters frequently insist on anonymity in stories, the groups said.