Statement in Support of Jim Acosta and a Free Press

The Los Angeles Press Club stands in unity with the National Press Club, the New York Press Club, the White House Correspondents’ Association and all journalist organizations and media outlets that band together in support of the ousted CNN reporter Jim Acosta.

We call for the immediate reinstatement of Jim Acosta’s credentials and defend the right of Acosta and all other White House reporters to question the president without being threatened, retaliated against or being called the enemy of the people.

The LA Press Club joins the NY Press Club in offering participation in any joint statement or action on the part of media organizations to end the Trump administration’s attempts to interfere with coverage critical of the president.

The hostility against the press, whether it be Jim Acosta or Tucker Carlson, not only threatens the safety of journalists but Democracy itself.

“As President Trump knows better than anyone, the press is not the enemy of the people,” said Chris Palmeri, the club’s president. “We’re the guardians of the truth.”

A Free Press is the Pillar of Democracy. #NotTheEnemy

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