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AP statement on inspector general report

, by Paul Colford

Vice President and Director of Media Relations Paul Colford issued this statement in response to a report by the inspector general in the U.S. Department of Justice that found the FBI did not violate policies in place in 2007 when it impersonated an AP journalist:

The Associated Press is deeply disappointed by the inspector general’s findings, which effectively condone the FBI’s impersonation of an AP journalist in 2007. Such action compromises the ability of a free press to gather the news safely and effectively and raises serious constitutional concerns. Once again AP calls on the government to refrain from any activities involving the impersonation of the news media and we demand to be heard in the development of any policies addressing such conduct.