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Ministries told to communicate


11th October 2005

Regular information essential

Government departments were criticized for putting a stop to regular press briefings at the Annual General Meeting of the Chartered Institute of Journalists in London on Saturday 8 October.

“Lobby correspondents were OK,” said accredited Westminster journalist Martin Posner. “They had their special private briefings.

“But specialist correspondents are no longer kept abreast of developments. The DTI have stopped special briefings, so it is much harder to follow specialist subjects.”

Institute members therefore approved an emergency resolution to request all ministries to ensure that their websites were “sufficiently comprehensive and updated at all times”, to include latest developments and statistics.