MINNEAPOLIS — Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey is addressing rumors on social media Thursday claiming the city banned media and press access in the skyways where rally goers will await the president.
Jennifer Carnahan, Chairwoman of the Republican Party of Minnesota, tweeted Wednesday night claiming that Frey banned cameras and media from entering the skyway.
"Mayor Jacob Frey stifles free speech and press again." Carnahan tweeted. "The city of Minneapolis has banned tv cameras and media from interviewing rally goers waiting in the skyways for the rally."
After Carnahan's tweet spread like wildfire on social media, Frey finally refuted the rumor Thursday afternoon with a tweet of his own.
City of Minneapolis spokesman Casper Hill said in a statement to KARE 11 that most skyways are owned by businesses that own or manage downtown buildings, with exception to skyways connected to City buildings, which are public.
Hill maintains that there's "no City government policy banning TV cameras and media from interviewing in the skyways." He added that with certain events, public skyways may be closed or have restricted access for security reasons.