Ryan Adams, Margo Price, Jason Isbell Slam CMA Awards for Media Censorship

Following massive backlash, organizers have now apologized and lifted the restrictions
Ryan Adams, Margo Price, Jason Isbell Slam CMA Awards for Media Censorship
Some of country music's biggest stars are gearing up to gather in Nashville for the CMA Awards next week, but the celebratory mood turned to one of controversy when organizers issued press restrictions this week. Now, a number of stars have spoken out against the CMA's decision to censor the media, leading organizers to eventually apologize and backpedal on their decision.
The media guidelines issued warned journalists to avoid any questions pertaining to last month's mass shooting in Las Vegas, gun rights, political affiliations or "topics of the like."

The initial message from the CMA claimed that the guidelines were created to make "everyone feel comfortable talking to the press," and they were accompanied by the threat: "If you are reported as straying from these guidelines, your credential will be reviewed and potentially revoked via security escort."
The awards show's scheduled co-host Brad Paisley took to Twitter to voice his concern about the infringement on media freedom.
A number of other musicians have also slammed organizers about the strict media guidelines. See a selection of those reactions below.
Following the fast and furious backlash, the CMA has apologized and announced that the media restrictions will be lifted. The CMA's statement reads:

CMA Apologizes for the recently distributed restrictions in the CMA Awards media guidelines, which have since been lifted. The sentiment was not to infringe and was created with the best intentions to honour and celebrate country music.

The awards show will air next Wednesday (November 8).