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Fermanagh hit back over claims it banned journalists from media briefing

By Adam McKendry

Fermanagh GAA have issued a statement in response to claims that journalists were banned from a recent media briefing ahead of the Ulster Senior Football Championship final.

Reports claimed that Fermanagh denied Donegal reporters access to the press conference, which featured the team's manager Rory Gallagher, who held the same role with Donegal last year.

The report went on to state that members of the Donegal media were explicitly told to stay away from the press conference and when asked for an explanation for their exclusion, the journalists were not given one.

A freelance reporter who works for publications from Fermanagh and Donegal was told he would only be given access if he refused to provide articles for the publications from Donegal.

Fermanagh, however, issued a statement denying they had removed members of the media from the event.

"We would like to express that notice of yesterdays Media Event in Enniskillen was issued to the National and Provincial newspapers along with local newspapers the Fermanagh Herald and Impartial Reporter and broadcasters UTV, BBC and RTE," read the statement.

"At the event all journalists and reporters present were given access to interview team management and players.

"At no time was anyone asked to leave the media event."

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