(11/12/08, AP) - Three New York writers have filed a federal lawsuit challenging the way city officials decide which journalists qualify for a press pass.
The plaintiffs in the case include a freelancer and two online publishers who were turned down for press credentials last year by the New York Police Department.
In each case, officials decided the men weren't entitled to a press card because they didn't regularly cover breaking news for a professional news organization.
One of the writers, Rafael Martinez-Alequin, has been a fixture at City Hall press conferences for years, but writes only occasionally on the Web.
A second plaintiff writes a newsletter for city jail guards. The third is a freelancer whose feature articles appear regularly in major news publications.
A spokesman for the mayor didn't have any immediate comment on the suit.