by Christopher Robbins

“‘The NYPD is a quasi-military operation,’ Siegel says.  ‘My experience is that most city agencies don’t like anyone looking over their shoulder and potentially criticizing them, especially law enforcement.  And it could be a reluctance to be transparent within their own agency.’  The veteran reporter I spoke with on background concurred:  ‘They want to be completely in charge and control the flow of information.’  Peter Bekker, consulting director at The New York Press Club, says his organization ‘Has for many years been very concerned with what is a decline in the spirit of cooperation between news organizations and the NYPD when it comes to helping the press understand the stories they’re reporting. That’s DCPI’s job, as I understand it.'”

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