By Tony Winterburn • 04 February 2020 • 9:43
Political journalists boycott No 10 briefing after reporter ban
As only a small group of selected journalists were invited to Number 10 for a briefing from officials, fellow reporters reacted to the decision by Downing Street to bar any critical reporters by staging a mass walk-out.
Described as ‘sinister and sad’ by a senior reporter- Downing Street ordered senior journalists from some of the UK’s major news organisations to leave before a briefing on Boris Johnson’s Brexit plans – prompting a walkout by colleagues from across the media.
Among those who walked out in protest were the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg, ITV’s political editor Robert Peston and political reporters from the Daily Mail, Sky News, The Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Financial Times and The Guardian.
Number 10’s director of communications Lee Cain when questioned said:
“We are welcome to brief whoever we want whenever we want.’ The journalists excluded included outlets viewed as left-wing or critical of the Government, but the briefing was due to involve senior civil servants – who are politically impartial.”
Does this introduce a new era of ” Selective Journalism”? hope not, more to follow…
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