International media organization, CNN has slammed a lawsuit against the US President, Donald Trump and his administration after suspending their White House reporter, Jim Acosta.
CNN Sues Donald Trump For Suspending Reporter, Jim Acosta’s Credentials
CNN filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against the Trump administration over the revocation of press credentials for White House Correspondent, Jim Acosta.
Mr Acosta’s questions and reporting has been a frequent target of criticism by President Donald Trump.
“We have asked this court for an immediate restraining order requiring the pass be returned to Jim, and will seek permanent relief as part of this process,’’ CNN said in a statement.
The Republican president has steadily intensified his criticism of the media, with CNN remaining a major target.
Mr Trump erupted into anger earlier during a news conference when Mr Acosta questioned him about the so-called migrant caravan travelling through Mexico and about an ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
“That’s enough, that’s enough,’’ Trump said on November 7, as a White House intern attempted to take the microphone off Mr Acosta. “You are a rude, terrible person.’’
The White House suspended his credentials later that day, with Press Secretary Sarah Sanders accusing Mr Acosta of ”putting his hands on the intern”, who was trying to take the microphone from him. She called his behaviour “absolutely unacceptable”.
However, a video of the encounter showed Mr Acosta pulling back as the intern moved to take the microphone.
He called the White House accusations a lie.
“While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone.
“If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials,” CNN said.