The Boston Globe sent the following statement to the Walt Disney Company after the company banned the Los Angeles Times’s critics from film screenings:
The news blackout imposed on Los Angeles Times journalists is deeply troubling to those of us who edit and write film coverage at The Boston Globe. We strongly urge that the Walt Disney Company reconsider its position on this matter.
In the meantime, for as long as the blackout policy stands and LAT critics and reporters are denied access to screenings and studio-arranged interviews, we’ll forgo publishing any related features that make use of those elements. (Reviews will continue to be a case-by-case decision, whether or not we attend advance screenings.)
We understand that access is not a right. It is, however, fundamental to a high-functioning free press and should never be broadly denied as a form of punishment. We stand with our fellow journalists in LA and elsewhere on this issue.