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Walt Disney Co. today dropped its ban on the Los Angeles Times from press screenings amid a boycott from a growing number of news outlets, including the Washington Post and New York Times, and criticism from film critics, actions designed to express solidarity with the LAT.

Disney sought to "punish" the LAT because it was upset with its coverage of the entertainment giant's hardball dealings with Anaheim, host city of Disneyland and California Adventure theme parks.

The story covered the lucrative financial incentives that Anaheim showered on Disney.

In lifting the ban, Disney issued the following statement: “We’ve had productive discussions with the newly installed leadership at The Los Angeles Times regarding our specific concerns, and as a result, we’ve agreed to restore access to advance screenings for their film critics.”