Photojournalist John Moore attacked the Biden administration, saying that they have given “zero access” to the media relating to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations.
“I respectfully ask US Customs and Border Protection to stop blocking media access to their border operations,” Tweeted Moore. “I have photographed CBP under Bush, Obama and Trump but now – zero access is granted to media.”
“There’s no modern precedent for a full physical ban on media access to CBP border operations,” continued Moore. “To those who might say, cut them some slack – they are dealing with a situation, I’d say that showing the US response to the current immigrant surge is exactly the media’s role.”
“The vast majority of river crossings by asylum seekers happen on federal land in south Texas’ Rio Grande Valley,” continued Moore. “The federal govt. controls access to those areas. The Border Patrol has been removing journalists who enter, including recently myself, CBS, others.”
John Moore, who works for Getty Images, won an award from the World Press Photo Foundation for his image of a Honduran toddler crying at the border while her mother was being detained.
According to a report by the Washington Examiner, the Biden administration has ordered CBP officials not to speak with the media regarding the current crisis at the border. Officials have been told not to speak with the media regarding anything that was not approved by the top officials within the CBP.
When asked about the administration’s muzzling of officials regarding the border crisis, White House Press Secretary downplayed the report.
“I certainly wouldn’t characterize it that way,” said Psaki. “But if our policy is keeping people quiet, we are not successful, and it is not our policy to prevent people from talking.”