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New Policy For City Of Henderson Workers Under Fire

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A new policy at the city of Henderson is under fire.

 

 

If you’re an employee at the city of Henderson and you talk to the media, you can now be fired for it.

A story in the Las Vegas Review-Journal Saturdaysaid the media policy is a one of a kind in Clark County,--the first and only to threaten employees with firing if they talk to reporters.

Bud Craner, Henderson's public information officer, told KNPR's State of Nevada the policy is not about suppressing information but about making sure the correct information is given to the news media.

“It isn't at all to stifle information it's to make sure that information is being provided," Craner said. 

No one working for the city of Henderson has been fired or disciplined for talking to a reporter yet, but the concern expressed from the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada is that the policy may have a chilling effect on the media. 

Craner emphasized the policy does not cover whistleblowers, because they're protected under Nevada law. 

He also said the police doesn't stop city employees from talking to the media but the city's public relations department just needs to know about it and be present for the interview. 

Copyright 2015 KNPR-FM. To see more, visit http://www.knpr.org/.

Bud Craner, Public Information Officer, City of Henderson 

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Prior to taking on the role of Broadcast Operations Manager in January 2021, Rachel was the senior producer of KNPR's State of Nevada program for 6 years. She helped compile newscasts and provided coverage for and about the people of Southern Nevada, as well as major events such as the October 1 shooting on the Las Vegas strip, protests of racial injustice, elections and more. Rachel graduated with a bachelor's degree of journalism and mass communications from New Mexico State University.