CNPA joined 57 other media organizations on a letter drafted by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and sent to the U.S. Senate opposing the press restrictions announced by the Senate for the upcoming impeachment trial (including limiting the use of electronic devices, prohibiting reporters from following senators as they move around the Capitol and added security screenings).

The letter asks the Senate to reconsider the regulations restricting press access to the impeachment trial. Absent an articulable security rationale, the letter says, Senate leaders and the Sergeant at Arms have an obligation to preserve and promote the public’s right to know. By keeping restrictions in place, journalists’ efforts to share updates and commentary on the proceedings with the American public will be impeded, and the public will be denied the ability to monitor the Senate trial in real-time.