The White House rules for reporters at press conferences

The White House rules for reporters at press conferences
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Yesterday, the White House announced a series of rules for reporters attending press conferences after an argument occurred on November 7 with CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

Reporters will only be allowed one question and will have the right to cross-examine on the same subject only if they are authorized by the president or another White House official who is in charge of managing the questions, the Presidency informed.

In a statement, the White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, warned that failing to abide by the new rules could lead to reporters losing their press pass. Moreover, reporters must "physically" surrender the microphone to the White House staff for use by another questioner, something that seems to make specific reference to the case of Acosta, who struggled with an assistant of the Administration to continue asking . These measures arise after the argument between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and US President Donald Trump during a press conference on November 7. His credentials were immediately withdrawn by the White House but, thanks to the decision of a judge in Washington DC, the journalist’s pass was returned. "The judge (Timothy Kelly) sided with CNN and said that the White House was wrong to remove Jim Acosta’s pass," reported CNN television. Meanwhile, CNN ended its lawsuit against President Donald Trump on Monday after the White House returned Jim Acosta’s press pass.

In the lawsuit filed on November 14, it is established the violation of the first amendment of the Constitution regarding freedom of speech. Kelly, the district judge, said that the White House made a mistake when revoking the journalist's credential and that probably President Donald Trump Administration had violated Acosta's right to due process, but refused to consider any violation of the First Amendment. The cable news network announced on Twitter that, "We are gratified with this result and we look forward to a full resolution in the coming days. Our sincere thanks to all who have supported not just CNN, but a free, strong and independent American press". Editor: Claudia Pita Tweet CNN:


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