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Disney reverses LA Times blacklist after media dissent

Disney reverses LA Times blacklist after media dissent

These outlets believed that Disney was taking away the paper's right to free press, following the Times' story about the company's business dealings with the city of Anaheim.

If Disney wants to be considered in awards consideration, they will have to act fast to get these critics groups on their side.

Other outlets have also vowed to not attend and therefore review Disney movies until the ban is lifted.

Walt Disney reversed course on its decision to bar Los Angeles Times film critics from advance movie screenings following a flood of public criticism this week by media outlets and film critics' associations. "This is a risky precedent and not at all in the public interest", noted a spokesperson in a statement.

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In response, several critics and media companies have joined a growing protest of Disney films.

"We regularly work with news organizations around the world that we don't always agree with, but in this instance the L.A. Times showed a complete disregard for basic journalistic standards", the statement said.

"It is admittedly extraordinary for a critics' group, let alone four critics' groups, to take any action that might penalize film artists for decisions beyond their control", the statement, released today, reads.

"The New York Times will not attend preview screenings of Disney films until access is restored to the Los Angeles Times", a Times spokesperson told TheWrap. But Disney brought forth their action when it chose to punish The Times' journalists rather than express its disagreement with a business story via ongoing public discussion. Now, four major film critics' groups - 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 - have released a joint statement denouncing Disney.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, each of the film critics groups are set to start voting for film awards starting on November 30, with the last group set to vote on January 6. Effective immediately, reporters and critics from the paper will again have access to Disney screenings. We've asked the Los Angeles Times if it offered any concessions in those chats.

"A powerful company punishing a news organization for a story they do not like is meant to have a chilling effect", The New York Times said in a statement on Tuesday. The Washington Post's Alyssa Rosenberg wrote yesterday that she will not be going to advance screenings of Disney films so long as Disney continues to impose this ban.

This season, Disney's awards division is mounting campaigns for its live-action remake Beauty and the Beast, its high-profile sequels Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Cars 3, its animated short Lou (which was attached to Cars 3) and its animated feature Coco.

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