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Reporters Without Borders USA Calls On Senate To Reverse Unprecedented Restrictions On The Press
Submitted by Carol A. Clark/Los Alamos Daily Post
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) strongly condemns the restrictions the Senate Sergeant At Arms and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration are imposing on Capitol Hill reporters during the impeachment trial for President Donald Trump.
RSF calls on the Senate Majority Leader to reverse these rules immediately.
Members of the press covering the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, which began Jan. 16, are facing new “security measures” in the form of restrictions that are not typically imposed on Capitol Hill reporters. The full extent of these measures is unclear as the Senate Sergeant at Arms and the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration have not provided a formal document outlining them.
However, one rule prohibits reporters from walking through the halls of Congress to ask senators questions. Others prevent reporters from bringing electronic devices into the Senate Chamber, require journalists to pass through a second security screening inside the Senate, and force them into pens and roped-off lines so they cannot access senators as they normally would.
The United States is ranked 48th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2019 World Press Freedom Index.