White House must restore journalist’s press pass, court says

MediaPost

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Handing the Trump administration a defeat, a federal appellate court has upheld an order requiring the White House press secretary to restore journalist Brian Karem’s press credentials.

In an opinion issued Friday, a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said Karem lacked fair notice that his press pass would be suspended due to allegedly “unprofessional” conduct.

The decision stemmed from Trump’s July 2019 “social media summit,” which involved convening right-wing activists to discuss alleged bias by tech companies.

Source: https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/352259/white-house-must-restore-journalists-press-pass.html

The Trump administration is muzzling government scientists. It’s essential to let them speak candidly to the press again.

The Washington Post

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The new restrictions are dangerous, said Anna Diakun, staff attorney with the Knight First Amendment Institute at Columbia University, which this month sued the CDC for the release of records about White House and CDC policies that may keep the agency’s employees from speaking to the press and public.

“The White House is promoting inaccurate and misleading claims about the pandemic, even as it is restricting CDC employees from speaking to the press and the public,” she said.

She told me what’s happening amounts to a “gag order” on the very experts that the public needs to hear from directly. And it may be a violation of constitutionally protected free speech.

Source: https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/the-trump-administration-is-muzzling-government-scientists-its-essential-to-let-them-speak-candidly-to-the-press-again/2020/04/17/1d934c0e-80a6-11ea-a3ee-13e1ae0a3571_story.html

Donald Trump doesn’t think ‘the mainstream media is free speech’

Reason

At the White House’s “social media summit,” President Trump said that he doesn’t “think that the mainstream media is free speech, because it’s so crooked, it’s dishonest.”

Source: https://reason.com/2019/07/12/trump-tech-summit-free-speech-media/