Banning reporters from Kansas Senate floor: The latest front in GOP’s war on the press


Journalists work for the public, so when our access is limited, so is yours. Reporters have been relegated to the gallery of the Kansas Senate. And this is just is the latest in the nationwide push to keep the public in the dark about important issues affecting Americans daily.

Republican leaders in Iowa barred journalists from the state Senate floor, so reporters will have to cover the state lawmaking process at a distance, from the chamber’s upstairs galleries.

And this session, the Kansas Senate joined the list of governmental agencies enacting policies that further distance lawmakers from the people they are supposed to represent. Naturally, free speech advocates are concerned about any restriction on government accountability.

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