Film critics boycott Disney after it bans media outlet from screenings
ANI | Updated: Nov 08, 2017 10:55 IST
Los Angeles [U.S.A], November 8 (ANI): It seems like all is not well in the magical land of Disney.
Fiver critics groups, which included The Los Angeles Film Critics Association, the New York Film Critics Circle, the Boston Society of Film Critics and the National Society of Film Critics, blasted the Walt Disney Company's media blackout of one of the leading U.S. publication.
The controversy went public on November 3 when the publication issued a statement that its writers and editors had been blocked from attending advance screenings of Disney films as a result of the newspaper's coverage of Disney's business arrangements with the City of Anaheim.
In the statement, the critics' groups said Disney's actions "are antithetical to the principles of a free press and set a dangerous precedent in a time of already heightened hostility toward journalists."
Just few hours before, Disney has ended the ban on the publication from its press screenings after facing a lot of backlash.
The spokesperson said that Disney have had "productive discussions" with the bosses of the newspaper and as a result, they "have agreed to restore access to advance screenings for their film critics."