AHCJ clarifies statement on medical meeting rules

The Association of Health Care Journalists has posted a clarification to a March announcement concerning restrictions on reporters who cover meetings at which medical societies present scientific findings.

The original announcement said that eight organizations ban photography and recording, and AHCJ wrote letters asking them to lift their bans. AHCJ has since learned that only four have outright prohibitions, while the others have varying degrees of restrictions.

“We regret overstating the problem,” said Felice J. Freyer, chair of AHCJ’s Right to Know Committee. “We now know that not all the groups named are equally restrictive. But we continue to be concerned about rules that make it difficult for reporters to get complete, accurate stories. We will strive to work with these organizations to find ways to satisfy both their needs and those of our members.”

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