June 14, 2016
Mr. Trump, as journalists of Univision News, we are deeply troubled by your decision to revoke The Washington Post’s press credentials.
Your action is unprecedented and dangerous. Mainstream press organizations in the United States are always granted access to presidential candidates events. Never before have so many of them been denied this access.
Candidates for public office in the United States have always accepted that some of the news coverage they receive will be critical. Candidates often answer unfavorable coverage, arguing that it was inaccurate or unfair. What they don't do – not in the United States – is attempt to obstruct coverage by denying press organizations access to campaign events. There are too many places in the world where political figures use whatever is at their disposal to punish and silence unfavorable news coverage. The U.S. is not one of those places.
The Washington Post is one of the United States' (and the world's) most respected and iconic journalistic institutions. At Univision News we stand foursquare with The Washington Post as it endeavors to cover this election in a manner consistent with its own editorial judgment.
We urge you to grant the Washington Post and its readers the respect they deserve, no matter how you regard the Post's news coverage. Above all, we urge you to uphold American democracy and the robust free press tradition that is its hallmark the respect that they deserve.
We respectfully urge you, Mr. Trump, to reinstate The Washington Post's press credentials.
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