The lawsuit filed on behalf of journalist Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, against Attorney General Todd Rokita, was dismissed today. Attorney General Rokita has agreed that Shabazz is not barred from future press conferences and will be allowed admission consistent with terms and conditions utilized for other press or media.
The case, filed in February by the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana, claimed that despite having official media credentials from the Indiana Department of Administration, Shabazz was barred from the Attorney General’s press conferences.
"A free press is a cornerstone of our democracy,” said ACLU of Indiana Legal Director Ken Falk. “It acts as both a check against government power and a tool for enabling the public to make informed decisions. This is why it’s critical for journalists to have the protections they need to keep the public informed.”