Archive May 2019

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Joint Statement of the American Society of News Editors and Associated Press Media Editors on the Indictment of Julian Assange

The American Society of News Editors and the Associated Press Media Editors, who will soon merge to become the largest membership association for editors of daily news publications in the United States, are troubled by the indictment of WikiLeaks leader, Julian Assange, on seventeen counts of violating the Espionage Act. This indictment threatens newsgathering and publication activities that are clearly protected under the First Amendment to the United States Constitution in a way that will ultimately harm the public’s right to receive important information on matters of public concern.

NLA is now seeking nominations for the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership

The News Leaders Association is seeking nominations for the next recipient of the Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. We are looking for individuals or news organizations whose actions and work reflect a strong commitment to diversity in honor of the late Robert G. McGruder, a former Detroit Free Press executive editor and former managing editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland.

ASNE (NLA) Celebrates World Press Freedom Day

On the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the American Society of News Editors stands with journalists in the United States and worldwide who continue to serve the public in the face of ongoing physical and verbal assaults. According to the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, in just the first 4 months of 2019, there have been 5 journalists arrested and 10 journalists attacked in the United States alone. Those numbers pale in comparison to similar data regarding journalists outside the United States. Thankfully, none of those attacks have resulted in death, though tragedy, of course, has struck close to home since last year’s World Press Freedom Day, as five of our colleagues at the Capitol Gazette in Annapolis, MD were murdered in their own newsroom on June 28, 2018.

UPDATE: Assembly Member Friedman pulled her bill yesterday!

You can see her statement here:

ASNE and APME wrote to the Honorable Laura Friedman, California State Assembly Member about AB 700.

Today, ASNE and APME wrote to the Honorable Laura Friedman, California State Assembly Member about AB 700.

ASNE joins civil liberties organizations in letter to DHS

ASNE joined more than 100 civil liberties organizations on a letter to the Department of Homeland Security protesting DHS' surveillance of activists, journalists and lawyers working with individuals seeking asylum; practices which, among others, were documented in several news stories in recent weeks (see a story from the NBC affiliate in San Diego here and a story from The Nation here). The main thrust of the letter is: