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APME urges Census Bureau to reconsider embargo policy

Tuesday, May 31, 2011   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Jack Lail
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APME has asked the Census Bureau to reconsider a recent policy revision that bars news services from transmitting to news outlets advance stories on agency reports that contain embargoed material.

Under the revised policy, news services can transmit stories based on embargoed Census information only after the embargo expires. APME points out that the new policy denies residents of small cities and rural areas the access to Census data enjoyed by urban dwellers.

A copy of the APME letter to the bureau is posted on the APME website, along with Census contact information for editors and news directors who would like to express an opinion on the policy.

To contact the U.S. Census Bureau regarding this policy, please send comments to:

Stan Rolark, chief of the U.S. Census Bureau public information office:, with copies of correspondence to and

(If you join this effort, it would be greatly appreciated if you would let APME board member David Bailey know.)

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