The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently removed language in its policy manual relating to freedom of the press and racial gerrymandering as part of a broader overhaul of the document, according to BuzzFeed News.
The news outlet reported Sunday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosensteinordered a review of the document, which had not been thoroughly updated since 1997.
“The purpose of that review is to identify redundant sections and language, areas that required greater clarity, and any content that needed to be added to help Department attorneys perform core prosecutorial functions,” DOJ spokesman Ian Prior told The Hill in a statement.
“The (manual) is not meant to be an exhaustive list of constitutional rights, statutory law, regulatory law, or generalized principles of our legal system,” he added. “It is also not the primary source of guidance on employment and administrative matters, among others.”
BuzzFeed compared some of the updated language with the previous version listed on the Internet Archive.
According to BuzzFeed, the latest version replaces a passage that explains the need to meet the requirements of a free press and public trials with new language about balancing “the right of the public to have access to information about the Department of Justice.”