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Republicans accused of banning journalists from filming without permission in Senate hallways

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Republicans accused of banning journalists from filming without permission in Senate hallways

Journalists have accused officials in Senate of banning them from filming or recording audio in hallways, a move that prompted an outcry from Democrats and free-speech advocates.

The apparent move - which would break with decades of tradition - sparked an afternoon of confusion. Journalists from various organisations said that had been told to stop filming unless they had prior permission from Senators, raising fears that access was being restricted amid a number of important events, including the passing of a new healthcare act and testimony in investigations against Russia's alleged meddling in the presidential election last year.

The American Civil Liberties Union was one group to decry the move, with the organisation's political director Faiz Shakir saying: “Closing the shutters now, while Congress is secretly considering a bill that would cause over 20 million people to lose health insurance, is utterly unreasonable and flies in the...

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