Radio & Television News Association

Sunday, April 30, 2006

Attempted Restriction of Media Access at May 1 Assembly

On April 29 2006 Oscar Sanchez, presumably one of the organizers of the May 1 illegal alien protest, sent this message to members of the media:

Media outlets interested in covering Monday's march starting at
Olympic Boulevard and Broadway are asked to request credentials by sending an e-mail to Oscar Sanchez at
The credential will grant access to speakers for interviews and parking, Sanchez says. The space is limited and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
The credential request must include the name of the company and person making the request, his or her title, telephone number and e-mail address, equipment being brought and approximate space needed. All vehicles being driven to the event and their license plates should also be included. The deadline to request credentials is 9 p.m. Sunday.

Members of the public may NOT restrict the media' access to events held in a public place. After discussion the RTNA decided to have our legal counsel, Mr. Royal Oakes, send a message to Mr. Sanchez. Mr. Oakes' message is shown above.


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