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CU apologizes for banning media from student protest

BOULDER, Colo. --  For the past five days, environmental activist students have been staging a sit-in at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder.

On Tuesday, there a bit of success when they got a meeting with chancellor Philip DiStefano.

But what thrust their fight into the headlines was a poster banning reporters from the building. It was placed outside the room where students are staying around the clock.

“It’s absolutely appalling. We've been told since Day 1 that reporters are not allowed in the building,” a protester said.

The pictures are on what appears to be a most-wanted poster showing photos of a Boulder Daily Camera reporter and photographers.

Underneath the photos are big letters that read, “Not allowed in the building.”

Reporter Elizabeth Hernandez said she had been banned from a private building on campus. It was not good news for the group Fossil Free CU, which had been asking to meet with DiStefano.

"And in this fight the stakes are so high," a protester said. "This is about our future. We know that suppressing student voices is not what this university stands behind.”

The group wants CU to divest from corporations that profit from fossil fuels. Banning the media made things more interesting.

“Bottom line, it was not authorized," CU spokesman Ryan Huff said. "It’s unfortunate and we apologized to them because that should not have happened.”

CU said the chancellor's office is in a private building and an independent security guard posted the flier without the university's permission.

Huff said there was a misunderstanding between the university and the private security company.

"This is on us and we’re sorry for the way this occurred," Huff said.