Arizona Rule Restricts Reporters Who Reject Background Check

The Arizona House of Representatives has imposed new security policies that restrict access for journalists who refuse to submit to extensive background checks, drawing objections from news organizations that the new rules stifle the democratic process.

The Associated Press and other media organizations objected to the sudden imposition of background checks for reporters well-known to the lawmakers at the state Capitol. As a result, they were denied access to the House floor on Thursday and covered the day’s debate from the public gallery area.

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