Apparently it's more difficult for you to understand that you think.
In future, please don’t send photos to Reuters that were processed from RAW or CR2 files.
You cannot have a photo processed from a RAW file that remains a RAW file. So photojournalists are what...processing their RAW files to DNGs or uncompressed TIFs to send in? Ummmmm, no. They're processing them to JPGs, of course. This isn't about bandwidth or storage. Speed? Of course that's important, but a RAW workflow isn't really time-consuming, and I would think freelance photographers know the importance of speed too, because if they're the fourth one to submit a similar photo and are hours behind the first three, their work won't be used. Plus, as the quote you posted states, it's fine to process the JPGs by cropping, correcting levels, etc. If you're using editing software to do that anyway, processing RAW to JPG isn't going to add a significant delay. So, not about speed.
I think we will just agree to disagree on this. At the end of the day, it's your opinion vs mine. You may be right, as may I. We both could be.
I meet with people from Reuters quite a bit as part of my work, some are freelance and others work for the company, I doubt any of them are as concerned by this policy as some here seem to be.
For me this is all about speed to publish as well as current and future storage and bandwidth needs. They're just saying don't send us your RAW files, we want OOC .jpg. How hard is that to understand?! Of course, we could pick at the intricacies of the language used in the email, but.....