Journalism Groups Blast U. of Kentucky Over Treatment of Student Reporter

September 1, 2011

National journalism groups are flocking to criticize the University of Kentucky for cutting off a student newspaper's access to the institution's basketball players. The Associated Press Managing Editors and the Society for Professional Journalists both sent letters to Kentucky officials Tuesday condemning what the APME called the "reprehensible behavior" of Kentucky's athletics department in revoking the access of a Kentucky Kernel reporter to interview men's basketball players at the institution one on one. The decision, the editors wrote, "amounts to no less than an attempt to bully the newspaper into submission and to censor news concerning operations of the University of Kentucky athletic department." Kentucky officials acted after they said the reporter, Aaron Smith, had violated its policies concerning how information regarding walk-on players could be made public.

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