The news agency, through its President Gary Pruitt said the Barack Obama administration “has processed sources that filters information like no other previous government” and accused him of spying.
Gary Pruitt told the 69th General Assembly of the Inter American Press Association that the U.S. Justice Department’s secret seizure of records of thousands of telephone calls to and from AP reporters in 2012 is one of the most blatant violations of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution the 167-year-old news cooperative has ever encountered.
The tough speech AP CEO, called “Press freedom v. security a ‘false choice,” was delivered on Friday during the general assembly of the Inter American Press Association (IAPA ) held in Denver (Colorado, United States.)
At the end of the speech, Pruitt received widespread applause from the audience at the meeting of the SIP, attended by over 300 journalists, editors and media managers.
The meeting will conclude on Tuesday with the release of a report on the state of press freedom in several countries, including the United States, and others where the and others where the entity that brings together media entrepreneurs considered that are showing “serious problems of freedom of expression”, including Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Ecuador, Mexico and Venezuela.