AGRICULTURE DEPARTMENT LIFTS USDA GAG ORDER AFTER PUBLIC OUTCRY

[1/27/16]   That didn’t last long. Less than a day after the US Department of Agriculture issued an internal memo dictating that its main research division “not release any public-facing documents” the agency has rescinded that order, according to emails obtained by Buzzfeed.

Under the rule, those public-facing documents would have included “news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content.” This gag order operated in the same vein as Trump’s attempts to silence theEPA, National Park Service and Department of Transportation and Department of Health and Human Services. However, after a day of strident and vocal backlash against the rule from both the scientific community and American public, the department relented.

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