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An African journalist who raises the hackles of White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre with his questions is fighting back after being banned from joining the White House Correspondents Association.
Journalist Simon Ateba, who covers the White House for Today News Africa, announced in a tweet he will sue the group, “since they made false claims against me and my company and did not abide by their own membership guidelines.”
“I will fight like hell because as they sit in the briefing room collecting salaries, they don’t know there are people like me who build companies from scratch. Pray for me,” he wrote.
In a separate tweet, he told more of the story.
“Today is a dark day for freedom of the press in the United States of America. The forces of evil who felt belittled have removed me from the White House Correspondents Association,” he wrote.
“The removal had the approval of one journalist called @tamarakeithNPR who is WHCA President and works for NPR funded by donors and taxpayers. They claimed that I do not have money and cannot be a member of WHCA. They also lied in their letter and did not follow their own membership guidelines. May God forgive them,” he wrote.
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