Press Freedom Defense Fund Statement on CNN's Lawsuit over Jim Acosta's Press Pass

The Press Freedom Defense Fund commends federal judge Timothy J. Kelly’s decision to temporarily restore CNN correspondent Jim Acosta’s press credential, after the Trump Administration revoked his access to the White House last week.

In upholding Acosta’s rights, the Court makes clear that even the President must respect the free speech protections imposed by the First and Fifth Amendments of the United States Constitution. The President cannot expel a reporter for tough questioning and the President must respect the due process of the law.

Judge Kelly’s ruling is a win for a free press, the citizens of this country, and the nation.

James Risen
Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund

David Bralow
Legal Director, Press Freedom Defense Fund


First Look Media’s Press Freedom Defense Fund supports journalists, filmmakers, whistleblowers and news organizations pursuing legal fights where a substantial public interest, freedom of the press, or related human and civil rights are at stake. Grants under this program are used to fund challenges to policies or actions that restrict press freedom and obstruct access to essential information in the United States and around the world.

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