WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama has accepted an award for making the government more open and transparent - presented to him behind closed doors. No media coverage or public access was allowed at the ceremony.
The White House didn't immediately comment Thursday on the apparent discrepancy between the honor and the circumstances under which it was awarded.
The award was given by open-government advocates including the
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press to recognize Obama's
work toward encouraging agencies to release information to the public - and to encourage him to do more. The group's executive director, Lucy Dalglish, says she was flabbergasted that the White
House didn't allow coverage of the event Monday.
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