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AWJ-Chicago Releases Statement on White House Media Restrictions


Board of The Association for Women Journalists-Chicago



CHICAGO - The Association for Women Journalists-Chicago condemns the most recent actions by the White House to restrict media access and to undermine democracy and the fourth estate.

During a briefing on February 24, aides to White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer prevented and restricted press briefing access of several news outlets, including CNN, The New York Times, Politico and a correspondent for The Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune. A free press is a basic tenet of the First Amendment and a necessity for a healthy democracy.

The AWJ-Chicago finds it especially troubling that an administration would allow only certain organizations to have access to information. Further, we urge the administration to cease its pattern of prohibiting access to members of the press.

The Association for Women Journalists-Chicago supports women in journalism and promotes the respectful treatment of women by the news media. We are a nonpartisan, not-for-profit organization.

AWJ-Chicago comprises working journalists, academics and students from national, local and regional news outlets and all the major journalism schools in the area. It includes women and men involved in every aspect of the business and across all media. Learn more at awj-chicago.org.


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