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Officials in Oregon, according to reports, investigated for contact with the government are on the search for local journalists, employees on your personal E-Mails and phone numbers after hours.
Given that the allegations describe, in the relatively routine functions of the reporter has the task of the newspaper is no support to the bottom.
Les Zaitz, publisher and editor of the Malheur enterprise, denied any wrongdoing by its employees, according to an attorney for Malheur County went to Sheriff Brian Wolfe with the allegations that reporters may have broken the law, to call by an official, personal contact information and E-Mail outside of business hours.
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“Suggesting that professional journalists behave like criminals, the life seems to be important information for the community, an effort to silence and confuse the companies,” Zaitz said.
The company Greg Smith — a Republican state legislator and Director of the Malheur County Economic Development Department — about potential conflicts of interest in relation to contracts with the government had dealt.
Smith apparently asked to set a limit to the newspaper requests for “office hours” and only by E-Mail to a specific county address. “It is not appropriate that you send E-Mails to employees with their personal E-Mail accounts in the week,” Smith told the newspaper.
In the midst of these objections, county Counsel Stephanie Williams, the company said that they see Sheriff Wolfe to, “to investigate if there is a violation, if a country employee, telephone numbers and E-Mail addresses, if we asked, someone calls stop or the communication to the county business on a personal phone or E-Mail.”
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As of Monday, the Sheriff’s Office has not yet determined whether or not the initiation of an investigation. Fox News reached Wolfe on Tuesday morning, but he did not respond immediately.
State law says that “a telephone caller commits the crime of telephone harassment if the caller of the bullies intentionally or annoys another person.” The company noted that technically Smith is not an officer, but a private contractor, and he once gave what he said was his “personal” phone number at a public meeting and told the people he could call “24/7.”
It is unclear whether there were other persons, who are employed by, the County, the the complaints. Fox News has to contact the company for more information.
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Last week, Smith issued a statement in response to the Enterprise investigation, which he called a “months-long vendetta.” He said that “in the last six months, as me and my co-workers were exposed to the endless phone calls, hostile E-Mails all hours of the day and unpleasant office visits, I confuse more and more increased with the Malheur Enterprise’s obsession with our County’s economic development.”
On Monday evening, Zaitz, the attention brought to what he described as an ironic turn of events. After the company had filed a public records request, the same county Agency, complained about after-hours E-Mails, whose confirmation in a weekend.