(WASHINGTON EXAMINER) The University of Arkansas responded Friday to criticism of its recent decision to ban a news organization from examining the university's archived information on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“There is a lot of misunderstanding and misinformation regarding a claim that The Washington Free Beacon was 'banned' from Special Collections,” the universality said in a statement on its site. “The issue is that this media outlet failed to comply with standard library policies followed across the nation. If The Washington Free Beacon can agree to follow the library's rules, the same rules practiced by all other patrons, then we will reinstate its research privileges.
“This isn’t an issue about withholding information, the bottom line is they failed to obtain permission to publish copyrighted material. Further, this is not the first time we’ve asked The Free Beacon to follow our procedure. They were notified in February following a similar lack of policy compliance. We’ve never denied a permission to publish for a patron,” the statement added.
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