In the US, journalists are pushing for the Food and Drug Administration to be more open to a genuine engagement with the media.
They are concerned by developments such as journalists and FDA employees being required to notify or obtain permission from an official to conduct an interview. They also object to public information officers listening to interviews.
Perhaps it’s a case of “you don’t know how lucky you are”, if the Australian situation is any guide.
I’ve written in today’s Crikey bulletin about some of the factors contributing to the information control mentality that rules in the media units of most health bureaucracies and publicly funded health services.
Surely there has to be a better way… I’m not sure how to find it, although maybe the US initiative gives some pointers.