Se­na­tors refuse to al­low re­porter on char­ter: News­pa­per

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS -

The Ot­tawa Ci­ti­zen said Fri­day that hockey re­porter Ken Warren was de­nied ac­cess to the Ot­tawa Se­na­tors’ team char­ter to Tampa Bay for a week­end game against the Light­ning. The devel­op­ment came two days after the news­pa­per said it would not take down a se­cretly recorded video of sev­eral Se­na­tors play­ers from an Uber ve­hi­cle in Ari­zona de­spite a le­gal no­tice from the NHL team in­sist­ing that leav­ing it on­line vi­o­lates pro­vin­cial pri­vacy laws.

Warren, a Se­na­tors’ beat writer, had been given a travel itin­er­ary but was told at the air­port he could not board the flight, Ot­tawa Ci­ti­zen editorin-chief Michelle Richard­son said.

“I can con­firm it hap­pened this morn­ing,” Richard­son said. “For us, it doesn’t re­ally change our fun­da­men­tals. We’re still com­mit­ted to cov­er­ing the Se­na­tors, both the good and the bad. Our cov­er­age is im­por­tant to our read­ers and to their fans and that’s not go­ing to change.” De­pend­ing on the mar­ket, re­porters, broad­cast­ers, pho­to­jour­nal­ists and other trav­el­ling me­dia mem­bers some­times fly on team char­ters, which can be more timely and con­ve­nient than com­mer­cial flights. The Ci­ti­zen, like most out­lets, pays em­ployee trans­porta­tion costs when char­ters are used.

The Se­na­tors didn’t im­me­di­ately com­ment when asked about the story.

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