AIPAC Bars Press From Panel On Press Freedom

Mar. 05, 2018

The American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) barred journalists from a panel on press freedom at its annual policy conference in Washington, DC, on Sunday.

AIPAC is one of the most influential pro-Israel organizations in the United States.

Allison K. Sommer, a journalist for the left-wing Israeli daily newspaper Ha'aretz, tweeted Sunday that AIPAC's panel on press freedom — on which she spoke — was closed to the media. She added the hashtag: "#irony".

Ron Kampeas, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency bureau chief for Washington, DC, retweeted Sommer's news, and agreed with her: "Barring press from hearing reporters is as weird as it gets. But also: in previous years press was barred from those sessions Aipac attendees paid extra for. But we got into all basic fee sessions except for lobbyist training. This is new."

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