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Dem Lawmakers Blast Republican Senate Press Crackdown: ‘Free Press Is Essential To Our #WeThePeople Democracy’

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Dem Lawmakers Blast Republican Senate Press Crackdown: ‘Free Press Is Essential To Our #WeThePeople Democracy’

Democratic senators are strongly condemning news that reporters are no longer allowed to interview and film senators in the Capitol without prior permission from senators, the Senate Rules Committee, the Senate sergeant-at-arms or the Senate Radio and TV Gallery, depending on location, before conducting an on-camera interview with a senator anywhere in the Capitol or in the Senate office buildings, a Senate official told the Hill.

NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt was first to report that members of the print, television and radio media had been told they can no longer film interviews with senators without prior approval, a move which breaks years of precedent.

Many Democratic senators tweeted about the crackdown on press access on Tuesday:




The Hill adds:

A Senate Democratic aide said the decision to substantially curtail the access of television reporters was made unilaterally by Senate Rules Committee Chairman Richard Shelby (R-Ala.).

The new rules come as Senate Republicans rush to finish an ObamaCare repeal bill, which Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) brought up in a tweet criticizing the rules.




Reporters took to Twitter to condemn the new rule:




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