passive or responsive public affairs policy

passive or responsive public affairs policy

A responsive posture by which no direct effort is made to initiate, or participate in, the public discussion about an issue or activity. When a passive policy is in effect, authorities must be prepared to respond to news media inquiries about the issue or activity -- to make brief statements to avoid confusion, speculation, misunderstanding, or false information that may prevail if news media queries go unanswered. See also public affairs.
Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms. US Department of Defense 2005.
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