White House reporter Ksenija Pavlovic, founder and editor-in-chief of Pavlovic Today, used the live video-streaming app Periscope to stream audio from a press briefing held by deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders despite a ban on live audio or video feeds from reporters or news organizations since June 29.
Pavlovic, a former doctoral and teaching fellow at Yale, shared a link to the audio stream to her Twitter page. The first stream lasted about 17 minutes, while the second was about 31 minutes long.
— K. Pavlovic (@ksenijapavlovic) July 19, 2017
Pavlovic’s recordings are the “first known instance of a reporter disregarding the White House restrictions on recording,” according to The Hill.
The HuffPost notes: “It remains unclear if Pavlovic will face any repercussions from the White House or whether other reporters will emulate her behavior in future briefings.”
News outlets had been allowed to air White House briefings live on TV since Bill Clinton’s presidency, according to Reuters.
Here’s how Twitter users reacted to the act of defiance:
Thank you for your courage. The White House does not belong to Trump, or any president. It is the people's house. Sanders, et al work for us
— S (@Yes_Its_Me_S) July 19, 2017
Finally a reporter with courage. pic.twitter.com/NcGuyTlzIF
— Shannon N. (@5gatos) July 19, 2017
— Elissa Malcohn (@Elissa_Malcohn) July 19, 2017
Thanks for standing up for the First Amendment!
— Jo Knowles (@JoKnowles) July 19, 2017
You're the hero this nation needs. pic.twitter.com/00G3XhilsL
— Meg 🎶 (@sassylibrarian1) July 19, 2017