Just moments before Russian President Vladimir Putin and U.S. President Donald Trump began their joint press conference after meeting one-on-one in Finland on Monday, journalist and activist Sam Husseini—the communications director of the Institute for Public Accuracy—was forcibly removed from the event while wielding a sign that read “Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty.”
“I want to ask a question about this issue,” Husseini said as a security official attempted to snatch the sign from his hands.
“I want to ask about nuclear weapons,” the journalist said as he was led out of the conference room.
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Responding to Husseini’s forced ejection from the joint press conference on Monday, Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, confirmed that Husseini “received press accreditation from The Nation to cover” the Trump-Putin summit and said the magazine staff is “deeply troubled” by his removal.
“Journalistic solidarity [is] needed more than ever to confront a WH that considers media the enemy of the people, and relentlessly attacks accountability media in order to delegitimize checks on its abuses, corruption,” vanden Heuvel added.
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