Judge orders White House to reinstate reporter’s pass

The moment Playboy magazine contributor Brian Karem (L) and former Trump deputy assistant Sebastian Gorka (2ndL) argued after the US president delivered remarks on citizenship and the census at the White House in Washington, DC, on July 11, 2019. (Brendan Smialowski / AFP)
Updated 04 September 2019
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Judge orders White House to reinstate reporter’s pass

  • Playboy reporter Brian Karem’s White House pass was temporarily revoked after he argued with President Donald Trump’s former aide Sebastian Gorka
  • Karem’s “hard pass” — a long-term White House press pass — was suspended for 30 days

WASHINGTON: The White House was ordered Tuesday by a federal judge to reverse its suspension of a reporter’s press credentials.
Playboy reporter Brian Karem’s White House pass was temporarily revoked after he argued with President Donald Trump’s former aide Sebastian Gorka at a July Rose Garden event.
Karem’s “hard pass” — a long-term White House press pass — was suspended for 30 days in August by Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham, who cited his lack of “professionalism” and “decorum.”
But US District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras determined the standards for press behavior had not been made clear before the event and granted a preliminary injunction restoring Karem’s pass.
“Grisham failed to provide fair notice of the fact that a hard pass could be suspended under these circumstances,” the judge wrote.
The press secretary had cited the three rules regarding press etiquette — published after CNN reporter Jim Acosta temporarily lost his hard pass in November after a testy exchange with Trump.
But Judge Contreras dismissed the rules as too vague.
He said that as White House events appear to vary greatly in character, professionalism alone was “too murky” to rely upon.
Grisham had not originally cited the Acosta rules in her letters to Karem, Contreras said, “which casts some doubt on whether she thought that (they) provided any meaningful notice.”
Karem lost his pass after arguing with Gorka at Trump’s Social Media Summit, which was open to the press, in July.
A video of the two trading insults quickly went viral.
Karem called the attendees “a group of people who are eager for demonic possession.”
Gorka responded by shouting, “You’re not a journalist! You’re a punk!“
Karem celebrated the decision Tuesday by tweeting, “God bless the Constitution, free speech, due process,” and also thanking his lawyers.


French court upholds ruling against beIN Sports in favor of Arabsat

Updated 19 September 2019

French court upholds ruling against beIN Sports in favor of Arabsat

  • Arabsat also said it had received “unprecedented financial compensation” from the Qatari-owned network

The Arab Satellite Communications Organization (Arabsat) said on Thursday that a French court had upheld an earlier ruling dismissing allegations by beIN Sports.

Arabsat also said it had received “unprecedented financial compensation” from the Qatari-owned network, which was imposed by the court, after its appeal was rejected.

“This clearly proves the falsehood of claims and vindicates Arabsat’s position against these irresponsible accusations,” Arabsat said.

The court case relates to accusations from beIN Sports that Arabsat facilitated illegal satellite broadcasts from a piracy network known as “beoutQ”.

In its statement, Arabsat rejected allegations made against it this week by FIFA and other football federations “which contain disgraceful repetitions of the beIN network’s claims.”