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Pence: website will be 1-stop-shopping for news releases

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - -

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is distancing himself from plans to launch a state-run news website.

Pence on Tuesday said the "Just IN" site will serve as a resource that will house news releases from the governor, lieutenant governor and the agencies they oversee.

The Indianapolis Star reported Monday that state communications officials would write news stories and distribute them through "Just IN." Documents obtained by the Star also said the site would break news at times.

The sparked criticism from journalists around the country, who compared the endeavor to state-run media in Russia and China and demanded that Pence scrap the idea.

Pence says the characterization of the site as a news agency represents "an understandable misunderstanding" and that he supports a free press.

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