The Trump administration has begun rolling back some of its policies aimed at stifling the free flow of information about the president and his associates.
The latest is a proposed rule change that would require journalists to identify themselves on social media and restrict what they can and cannot write about the Trump administration.
It’s the latest in a series of moves that critics have said would limit the ability of reporters to report on the administration without fear of retribution.
The Trump administration also announced it will create an ethics office and a task force to oversee media freedom.
The administration has also announced new initiatives aimed at cracking down on leaks to the press.
Trump’s administration also has put forward a slate of executive actions that could affect journalists covering the administration, including the controversial plan to bar the media from covering the inauguration of President-elect Donald Trump.
The plan, unveiled Monday, calls for a broad array of regulations to protect journalists, limit their ability to publish newsworthy content and require that the media be barred from covering inauguration festivities.
“As the president of the United States, you will be the only media allowed to cover events at the inauguration and other events of significance to the American people,” the new White House press secretary, Sean Spicer, said Monday.
“No more hiding behind a curtain or a mask.
No more covering events behind closed doors.
No one will be allowed to interfere with the First Amendment.”
The rule also would require all outlets covering the event to identify the president-elect’s personal lawyer, a measure critics said could stifle the free speech rights of journalists and activists.
Other White House actions include an effort to establish an Office of Media Accuracy to enforce media standards.
The move follows several actions by the Trump White House that have already restricted press access and prevented media outlets from covering presidential events.
In early January, the administration withdrew a requirement that the president be interviewed by the media during a presidential visit, citing “national security” concerns.
In February, Trump revoked an executive order that had made it illegal for federal agencies to publish the names of journalists who spoke out against the administration.
In March, he also signed an executive action that blocked federal agencies from issuing press credentials to reporters.
Last month, Trump signed an order barring federal agencies that publish news from participating in the White House Correspondents Association, a group that promotes freedom of the press around the world.
Trump also ordered an ethics review of the White Houses press office after it was revealed that the communications director and other top aides had not disclosed a conflict of interest in their roles.
A spokeswoman for Spicer said the administration has “worked diligently to address” the issue.
The Trump White Houses communications office was a central component of the campaign to delegitimize the press and advance the president’s agenda, according to a former senior White House official who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
In the past, Spicer and other White House officials have repeatedly expressed confidence in the media, saying that their reporting helped inform Trump’s election victory.
But the administration was deeply troubled by a series in the New York Times last year that reported that senior WhiteHouse aides, including press secretary Sean Spicer and press secretary Katrina Pierson, had privately questioned the validity of a Trump administration intelligence report on Russia and sought to influence it.
In addition, the Trump campaign paid for the work of reporters who were working on the report, which was later retracted.
The AP requested a response from the WhiteHouse press office to questions about the issue but did not receive a response in time for publication.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.