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PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Wednesday ended his ban on press credentials for some news outlets seeking to cover his campaign events, including The Washington Post and Buzzfeed, a policy that had drawn strong criticism from press freedom advocates.

Trump‘s ban at times also included Politico and The Huffington Post, following coverage that was critical of him. The banned organizations had continued covering his campaign, but they could not get credentials to formally attend his events, including sitting in the media section at rallies.

Those outlets now will be able to obtain media credentials, as well as travel with other reporters covering the Republican candidate, campaign spokesman Hope Hicks confirmed.

Press freedom advocates strongly condemned such bans. Reporters without Borders said when the Post was banned in June that it was an “act of hostility” toward the media and a serious violation of press freedom.

“Revoking press credentials was imprudent, pointless and offensive from the start. We’re pleased to see the ban come to a long-overdue end,” Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron said in a statement on Wednesday.

Sam Stein, senior politics editor for the Huffington Post, said on Twitter the outlet was no longer blacklisted. “They even returned my email to confirm it,” he said of the Trump campaign.

Reporters from the banned organizations had often gained access to Trump campaign events by waiting in the same lines as the general public, but they could be tossed out by members of his security team if discovered.

Trump‘s vice presidential running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, said last month that the campaign was discussing reversing the ban, but no change had been announced before Wednesday.

“I figure they can’t treat me any worse,” Trump, a New York businessman, told CNN in a statement declaring the ban over.

Trump is running against Democrat Hillary Clinton for the Nov. 8 election.

(Reporting by Steve Holland and Emily Stephenson; Editing by Frances Kerry and Jonathan Oatis)

Photo: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump gestures to supporters at a campaign rally in Greenville, North Carolina, U.S., September 6, 2016.  REUTERS/Mike Segar

Donald Trump Jr.

Screenshot from Twitter

You've probably heard about Donald Trump's claim that his Democratic rival got "a big fat se onhot in the ass" before delivering a nearly perfect performance on a recently televised town hall. Or his more recent demand that Joe Biden get a "drug test" before their debate on Tuesday night. Having spent months lowering expectations for Biden, the Trumps are now busily defaming him as a junkie.

But that particular slur backfired spectacularly over the weekend when the Trump campaign posted a bizarre video of Don Jr. -- seemingly in a condition that called for rehab services. As his father might put it, "many people are saying" that the presidential spud looked and sounded like someone abusing a controlled substance. (His slurred message was disturbed too, something about an "army of able-bodied men and women" to intimidate voters).

It's both funny and sad to watch Don Jr. decompensate on Twitter. (More funny, though.)

Click and judge his condition for yourself.