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Journalists banned from Donald Trump degree ceremony

4 October 2010

A television production company has been banned from covering the honorary degree being given to Donald Trump in Scotland on 8 October 2010. Montrose Pictures Limited issued the following statement after being banned by the Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen: 

It is unacceptable that a public institution has blocked our journalists making a feature documentary about the Donald Trump golf course development in Aberdeenshire from covering this event.

Montrose Pictures and its sister company Wantok Productions is a supplier of news and current affairs features and documentaries to the BBC, Channel 4 and international broadcasters.

The company is now calling on the Robert Gordon University to reverse this decision immediately.

Anthony Baxter, documentary director, said:

"My colleague Richard Phinney and I have already been arrested whilst making this film. Now we find ourselves prohibited from covering the honorary degree being given to Mr Trump. The University says we are banned because former principal Doctor David Kennedy was wearing our microphone when he went to hand back his own degree in protest at Mr Trump receiving a similar award next week.
"Yes, Doctor Kennedy had a microphone on from a previous interview, but it was switched off for his meeting with the Vice Principal."

Doctor David Kennedy said:

"Mr Baxter had put a microphone on me to record an interview I did for his documentary film, as I handed back my honorary degree. The idea that we were secretly recording my conversation with the Vice Principal is preposterous."

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