Reporters Required to Show Photo IDs to Cover Eric Holder’s Media Event

By Matt Cover | October 16, 2012 | 10:18 AM EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder speaks in Washington in April 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

( - Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday held a media event to observe October as Disability Employment Awareness Month, and reporters covering it were required to present a government-issued photo ID.

“All media must present government-issued photo ID (such as driver's license) as well as valid media credentials,” said the press announcement from the Justice Department.

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Holder has slammed state requirements that citizens present photo IDs in order to vote as attempts at voter suppression.

“Let me be clear: We will not allow political pretexts to disenfranchise American citizens of their most precious rights,” Holder told the NAACP in July.

“We call those poll taxes,” Holder said in the speech, in which he likened photo ID requirements to the racist Jim Crow laws intended to prevent African Americans from voting.

Holder said that requiring people to present photo ID was a violation of their rights, and he said the Justice Department would fight any such efforts aggressively.

“I can assure you that the Justice Department’s efforts to uphold and enforce voting rights will remain aggressive.”