The newspaper issued a statement today, adding its voice to a growing chorus of journalists criticizing Disney for imposing a news blackout on the Los Angeles Times in response to a story it disliked.
“A powerful company punishing a news organization for a story they do not like is meant to have a chilling effect,” the New York Times said in a statement. “This is a dangerous precedent and not at all in the public interest.”
Earlier this morning, the Television Critics Association executive board issued a statement taking issue with Disney’s “punitive action” against the Times‘ journalists.
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“The Television Critics Association understands that screeners and coverage opportunities are a privilege and not a right,” wrote TCA President Daniel J. Fienberg. “But we condemn any circumstance in which a company takes punitive action against journalists for doing their jobs.”
The action comes as four film critics’ groups took the extraordinary step of denouncing the media company’s actions — and voting to disqualify Disney’s films from year-end awards consideration until the news ban is lifted.
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