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HARRISBURG — The mayor of Pennsylvania’s capital city has ordered his spokeswoman to no longer speak with a prominent local newspaper, and its reporters will no longer be invited to city briefings.

Pennlive.com reports Harrisburg Mayor Eric Papenfuse’s official statement is that believes the news site “traffics in hate speech and cynicism.” His spokeswoman tells the news site she was instructed to no longer respond to inquiries from them. Pennlive is the online site of The Patriot-News.

Mike Feeley, PennLive’s director of content, calls the mayor’s directive “unfortunate” but adds the news site is undeterred and will continue to investigate and report on stories in the city.

Pennlive says the ban followed stories that looked at the Democrat’s private business and real estate holdings. He’s also been critical of the comment section.

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