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Effort to stop television reporters from filming in Senate hallways reversed amid wide rebuke

Effort to stop television reporters from filming in Senate hallways reversed amid wide rebuke

Television reporters covering the Capitol were told midday Tuesday to stop filming interviews in Senate hallways, a dramatic and unexplained break with tradition that was soon reversed amid wide rebuke from journalists, Democratic lawmakers and advocacy organizations.

The episode heightened existing concerns about reporters' access to Washington leaders in an era when hostility toward the political media has increasingly become the norm. For a short period Tuesday, the move to protect senators from impromptu on-camera interviews seemed part of a wider Trump-era move to roll back press freedoms, whether by barring reporters from interviewing officials or denying them access to...

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