Newspaper: DOJ lawyer tried to stifle reporter

July 12, 2012


NEW ORLEANS — Two Louisiana congressmen are calling on the Justice Department to respond to a complaint that one of its attorneys tried to bar a newspaper reporter from quoting or recording the lawyer’s comments at a public hearing in New Iberia.

The Daily Iberian contends Justice Department attorney Rachel Hranitzky became “belligerent and threatening” after the reporter, Matthew Beaton, questioned why he couldn’t quote her comments during a June 12 public hearing about the New Iberia Fire Department’s hiring and promotion practices.

The newspaper reported that Hranitzky told Beaton he would be asked to leave the City Hall hearing if he didn’t comply with her directive.

“Then (the Justice Department) can call your editors and publisher at the paper, and trust you don’t want to get on the Department of Justice’s bad side,” the paper quoted Hranitzky as saying.

Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Jeff Landry, both Republicans, have asked the Justice Department to respond to a June 15 letter from Managing Editor Jeff Zeringue complaining about the reporter’s treatment.

Zeringue said Tuesday that he was still waiting for a response, but department spokeswoman Nanda Chitre says Hranitzky “never attempted to alter or stop a news story.”

“The reporter from The Daily Iberian not only was present for the entire meeting, but the newspaper published multiple articles related to the meeting using quotes attributed to a department attorney,” Chitre said in a statement.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • CTJ says:

    What else would you expect out of the Obuthead/Holder Department of Jiustice. If Holder had any ethics, which he apparently does not, he would fire this stupid assistant, but he will not.

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