The White House issued a letter threatening to restrict a journalist’s access to press events, citing disruptive behavior.
The journalist, Simon Ateba, claims discrimination, having previously sued Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and the Secret Service for attempting to restrict press qualifications.
Ateba’s lawsuit highlighted the White House’s vague standards for revoking press badges and the administration’s efforts to stifle press freedom. (Trending: Tucker Reveals The Moment He Became A Full-Blown Trump Supporter)
It's a shame that @WhiteHouse @PressSec Karine Jean-Pierre decided to abruptly end the press briefing rather than take a question from me after a year. Even when President Biden is hosting an African leader like the President of Angola today, the White House does not take a… pic.twitter.com/O8YfrzGa0L
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) November 30, 2023
The journalist views the recent warning letter as part of a calculated effort to silence him, alleging disregard for the First Amendment.
“As I mentioned earlier, she deliberately closed the press briefing on Thursday to claim that I disrupted it, which is entirely false,” Ateba wrote.
“I am highly disappointed and even heartbroken that in the citadel of democracy, and in the most powerful house in the world, I’m being discriminated against for a year for trying to do my job while journalist colleagues remain silent. May God help me,” the journalist posted.
As I mentioned earlier, she deliberately closed the press briefing on Thursday to claim that I disrupted it, which is… pic.twitter.com/IZUTXxk8QJ
— Simon Ateba (@simonateba) December 4, 2023
“Karine Jean-Pierre’s office sent me another warning letter and filed it in court, which was their objective in the first place,” Ateba posted previously.
This incident reflects broader concerns about the administration’s suppression of speech and targeting of dissenting voices.