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Reporters condemn White House decision to bar CNN journalist

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Reporters from many news organisations have expressed support to senior after the revoked his press pass "until further notice" because of the journalist's combative exchange with at his post-midterms press conference.

The "hard pass", which speeds up entry to the grounds, was suspended by the on Wednesday night, reported.

is CNN's chief He was trying to re-enter the White House grounds for a live shot on the show "Anderson Cooper 360", when he was stopped by officers.

Right-wing websites and pro-Trump commentators alleged that mistreated a White House intern who tried to take a microphone away from him during the press conference.

Within minutes, White House announced the suspension, citing Acosta's "inappropriate behaviour".

and several major journalism advocacy groups denounced the White House's move.

On Thursday, the Radio Digital News Association, which represents newsrooms across the country, called the revocation "unconscionable".

of The Daily Caller, a website that harshly criticizes CNN, stood up for Acosta.

"Plenty to criticise Acosta about," Ross wrote, "but he did not 'place his hands' on the intern. It's ridiculous for anyone to suggest he did."

The said Sanders' "false description of the events leading up to it is insulting not only to the nation's journalists, but to its people".

The called the yanking of Acosta's pass "out of line" and "unacceptable".

"We urge the White House to immediately reverse this weak and misguided action," the association added.

The White House News Photographers Association's issued a statement expressing outrage that Sanders "may have shared a manipulated video".

Senior journalists represented by the association also spoke up.

Hallie Jackson, of NBC, wrote on that the press corps "should stand up against this".

Peter Baker, of tweeted: "This is something I've never seen since I started covering the White House in 1996."

Baker wrote that he believes Trump called on Acosta at the presser because "he wants the confrontation".

In 2015 and 2016, Trump's campaign refused to give press credentials to reporters from several major news outlets, including and

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First Published: Fri, November 09 2018. 09:58 IST
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