Meanwhile, the agency’s press office refused to comment on the situation.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) has denied several media outlets access to its upcoming conference, due to be held in early July, Bloomberg reports.
The outlets whose journalists have been denied entry to OPEC headquarters are Reuters, Bloomberg News and The Wall Street Journal. This is the second time that the oil agency has dictated this restriction, which it had already applied for the production analysis meeting it held at the beginning of June.
OPEC’s press office has declined to comment on the matter. Meanwhile, the European Union’s energy commissioner, Kadri Simson, who will participate in the conference, said that she has decided “not to interact with the media that will attend the conference.”
The Austrian Chancellery, the host country of the organization and host of its conference, reported that it is not aware of the agenda or the specific provisions established by OPEC. “We take this opportunity to underline that freedom of the press, including allowing media coverage of political events, is a cornerstone of any democratic society,” the ministry said in a statement.