Our Statement on the Targeting of Journalists in Minnesota
The NewsGuild of New York joins our parent union, The NewsGuild-CWA, in strongly condemning the targeting of media workers by police in Minnesota this past weekend.
This behavior, and those who condone it, demonstrates a continued and profound assault on freedom of the press as a foundational principle of our nation. Journalists have a duty to question, to document, to analyze and to report information, and in doing so fulfill an essential function of our democracy. Journalists have both a calling and a responsibility to ensure that critical information reaches the communities they serve and to hold those in power to account and should be able do so without fear of injury, intimidation and retaliation from the police. The public has the right to know, and journalists have the right to report.
We stand with the courageous media workers in Minnesota and elsewhere in this nation who bravely report the news when we need it most.
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