‘Stand with the Prophet’ event in Texas refused to let reporters cover it

‘Stand with the Prophet’ event in Texas refused to let reporters cover it

[Ed. – It wouldn’t allow in reporters who weren’t hand-picked from friendly media outlets, at any rate.]

A Free Beacon reporter was barred from attending on Saturday the controversial Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect rally, an evening-long forum organized by American Muslim leaders to oppose what they claim are American Islamophobes who are giving the Islamic faith a bad name. …

Keynote speakers at the event were scheduled to include Siraj Wahhaj, who was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombings trial and Georgetown University professor John Esposito, founding director of the school’s Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, which has come under fire for, among other things, hosting 9/11 Truthers and a member of Egypt’s Nazi Party. …

Several reporters who turned up to cover the event, including one from Fox News, also were denied access, despite having registered in advance with organizer SoundVision, an Illinois-based website that provides advice and products to Muslims. …

When pressed to explain this decision, the organizer said his comments were off the record and then told a nearby police officer that he was “done” speaking to a reporter. The officer then herded the Free Beacon back into a media holding area that had been established in the parking lot. …

“People we’re not allowing in are not going on in,” said one event organizer who declined to provide a name.

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