Firm Memoranda

D.C. Circuit Upholds Injunction Preventing Suspension of Journalists White House Press Credential

Date: 07/07/20

On June 5, 2020, in Karem v. Trump, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a district court’s injunction preventing the White House Press Secretary from suspending journalist Brian Karem’s press credential for conduct that allegedly violated “professional journalistic norms.” The Court concluded that Karem was likely to succeed on his Fifth Amendment due process claims because “he lacked fair notice that the White House might punish his purportedly unprofessional conduct by suspending his hard pass for a month.” The Karem decision suggests that due process rights should more broadly attach to press credentials issued to journalists.

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