Port Authority police outside JFK Terminal 4

Police and private security prevent journalists from covering protests at JFK airport

August 1, 2017

On January 28, 2017, protesters across the country flocked to airports to protest President Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens of six Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the United States, and journalists raced to cover the protests.

In New York City, a focus of travel ban protests was John F. Kennedy airport’s Terminal 4, which is the airport’s main site for international arrivals. But journalists were prevented from going to Terminal 4 to cover the protests, according to one reporter on the scene.

Charlotte Alter, a journalist at Time magazine, said that the terminal’s private security forces, with assistance from New York police  officers, blocked the entrance to Terminal 4, preventing journalists from documenting the protests and interviewing people affected by the ban.

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