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November 9, 2018

International Press Institute Denounces White House Decision on CNN Journalist; Says India leads the Governments Failing to Investigate the Murders of Reporters

International Press Institute

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Photo: The White House. [File Photo]

Vienna, Austria, November 8, 2018 — The International Press Institute (IPI), a global network of journalists, editors and media executives, today denounced the White House’s decision to suspend the press pass of CNN’s chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, until further notice.

The suspension of Acosta’s “hard pass” guaranteeing access to the White House grounds was announced by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders following U.S. President Donald Trump’s post-midterm election press conference yesterday. During the news conference, Acosta posed several questions to Trump, including about the possible impact of the president’s decision to call a group of migrants traveling from Central America to the U.S. southern border “an invasion.” Trump in response called Acosta a “rude, terrible person.”

The revocation of Acosta’s access to the White House grounds was announced soon after the press conference. On Twitter, Sanders defended the decision by saying that the White House does not “tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job as a White House intern.” Video of the press conference shows the intern trying to take the microphone from Acosta’s hand and does not support Sanders’s claims. CNN called the accusations “fraudulent” and the suspension of Acosta’s press pass “unprecedented.”

The White House Correspondents’ Association instantly criticized the decision, and it urged the White House to reverse the action immediately.

“We fear that following the mid-term elections the White House is increasing its hostility toward journalists and media organizations,” IPI North America Committee Chair Martha Steffens, SABEW Chair in Business and Financial Reporting at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, said.

• IPI Says India leads the Governments Failing to Investigate the Murders of Reporters

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Photo: North Block, New Delhi, Government of India Ministers’ Offices. [File Photo]

According to International Press Institute (IPI), governments around the world are failing to investigate the murders of reporters. India and Mexico are the two countries where the highest number of recent cases are pending investigation, IPI said.

The slow pace of investigations raises the question whether the murders of journalists are probed thoroughly and urgently as they should be,” IPI Head of Advocacy Ravi R. Prasad stated.

Source: International Press Institute (IPI)

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