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Steve Adler, editor in chief of Reuters news agency, has written a memo for all Reuters journalists instructing them how to cover Donald Trump's administration.

In the memo, Adler acknowledged that Trump's presidency is an entirely new challenge for United States political journalists, in that they are dealing with an administration that has already actively spread disinformation.

He pointed to the outlet's history in covering dictatorial regimes in ZImbabwe, Russia, Egypt and Turkey:

To state the obvious, Reuters is a global news organisation that reports independently and fairly in more than 100 countries, including many in which the media is unwelcome and frequently under attack.

I am perpetually proud of our work in places such as Turkey, the Philippines, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Thailand, China, Zimbabwe, and Russia, nations in which we sometimes encounter some combination of censorship, legal prosecution, visa denials, and even physical threats to our journalists.

He continued:

We don’t know yet how sharp the Trump administration’s attacks will be over time or to what extent those attacks will be accompanied by legal restrictions on our news-gathering.

But we do know that we must follow the same rules that govern our work anywhere.

He urged reporters not to worry about the "inside baseball," and be resourceful in the event of the administration cutting off access channels.

Adler then listed the Do's and Don'ts for best practice; which included to "worry less about official access" and to not "take too dark a view of the reporting environment: It’s an opportunity for us to practice the skills we’ve learned in much tougher places around the world and to lead by example".

You can read the full briefing on the Reuters website.

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