Reporters Committee Chairman David Boardman, dean of the School of Media and Communication at Temple University, today issued the following statement:
“The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the nation’s premier organization advocating for the First Amendment rights of journalists, is deeply troubled by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s stance toward journalists covering his campaign. In particular, Mr. Trump’s decision to deny access to his campaign events to reporters from The Washington Post, Politico and other news outlets is an act of blatant disregard for the role of a free press in our electoral process, a role our nation’s founders understood and valued.
“The responsibility of the press is to ask challenging questions of candidates and to fully explore their records, especially when those candidates are running for the most powerful position in the world. For Mr. Trump to challenge that role demonstrates a repudiation of a basic American value. We urge Mr. Trump to rescind this revocation of credentials, and in doing so to express his commitment to the right of the public to the free flow of information.”
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