IA LWV RESTORE PRESS ACCESS RALLY

IOWA CAPITOL JANUARY 19, 2022


The nonpartisan Iowa League of Women Voters is sponsoring a Restore Press Access rally on the west steps of the Iowa Capitol on Wednesday, January 19 from noon-1pm. The Iowa Senate has restricted journalists access to the Senate floor during session on the basis that it is difficult to define who is “media”, ignoring the fact that the Iowa courts and Iowa House have defined “media”, and the Iowa Senate has also by determining who can work at the new press tables in the Senate gallery. Please pass this information on to others. The mission of the League of Women Voters is to defend democracy and empower voters. The Iowa press are an essential part of providing information to Iowa voters. The lack of direct press access during legislative proceedings compromises the depth of information available to Iowa citizens. IA Capital Dispatch - Senate Removal of Media Won’t Keep Iowans Informed and - Senate Republicans’ ejection of media from chamber hurts all Iowans

Washington Post - Republican leadership bars journalists from Iowa Senate floor, worrying press advocates

DM Register - Iowa Senate won't allow journalists to work on chamber floor