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Brangelina ban

Angelina Jolie is promoting freedom of the press by censoring interviews.

Miss Jolie plays the widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in a new movie called “A Mighty Heart.” A Wednesday premiere showing was meant to support a press-freedom organization called Reporters Without Borders, Fox News reports.

But Miss Jolie’s attorney required all journalists to sign a contract before talking with her, and the actress instructed publicists at first to ban Fox News from the premiere’s red-carpet ceremony.

Reporters from most major journalistic outlets balked Wednesday when they were asked to agree to “not ask Ms. Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships. In the event Interviewer does ask Ms. Jolie any questions regarding her personal relationships, Ms. Jolie will have the right to immediately terminate the interview and leave.”

Which means: No “Brangelina” questions about Miss Jolie’s relationship with actor Brad Pitt.

USA Today and the Associated Press were said to be “among those that canceled interviews, and eventually Jolie scotched all print interviews when she heard the reaction,” Fox’s Roger Friedman reported.

Miss Jolie “told Paramount Pictures publicists to ban Fox News Channel and all Fox News affiliates from covering the ‘Mighty Heart’ premiere on the red carpet. It was only with the intervention of mortified Paramount staff that an FNC camera crew was allowed to be present.”

c Contact Jennifer Harper at jharper@washington times.com or 202/636-3085.

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