Los Angeles – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) condemned "the White House for the suspension of press credentials to CNN correspondent Jim Acosta" and demanded that they "be restored immediately", according to a statement released today.
"Jim Acosta is punished for fulfilling his duty as a journalist: controlling the powers of the government, dealing with lies and manipulations and fighting for free expression guaranteed by the Constitution," said Alex Nogales, president and CEO of NHMC today . .
The organization has joined its call to the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), which on Friday said it was "the first national organization" to present its support to the communicator.
"Harassing Acosta simply by doing his job and labeling him as the" enemy of the people ", President Trump is participating in a calculated effort to put a goal behind this journalist," he criticized NAHJ on his Twitter account .
After the episode in which the journalist confronted the president and intervened several times during a press conference, and also did not give the microphone to a partner, the White House suspended Acosta's accreditation.
The White House spokeswoman, Sarah Sanders, explained that the revocation of credentials was due to Acosta's fight with her partner.
"We will never tolerate a journalist who puts his hands on a young woman who is just trying to do her job, this behavior is unacceptable," Sanders said in a statement.
At a press conference held prior to traveling to France, President Trump warned on Friday that he could withdraw accreditations to more journalists who treat representatives of the White House in a disrespectful manner.
"You have to treat the president's office with respect," Trump said.