Deadline Club joins coalition to monitor media treatment by NYPD

The Deadline Club and the Deadline Club Foundation has joined the New York Press Club and other organizations putting the mayor and the commissioner on notice that future police conduct will be monitored. The groups have formed the Coalition for the First Amendment, and in a joint statement on the NYPC’s website, the coalition declared:

“When New York City police evicted “Occupy Wall Street” protesters from Zuccotti Park in the early hours of Tuesday, November 15th, more than 20 journalists were arrested and several were injured. In what appeared to be a planned maneuver, police officers forced reporters and photographers so far away from Zuccotti Park that they could not see what was happening. They roughed up people who were trying to fulfill their duty to report the news.

“We have formed this coalition to monitor police actions. What the police did on November 15th to suppress coverage of their activities was intolerable. We are determined to use any means needed to fight such censorship in the future. In the city in which John Peter Zenger fought for and helped establish freedom of the press, we can do no less.”

Deadline Club & Foundation
New York Press Club & Foundation
National Press Photographers Association
Newspaper Guild of New York
News Media Guild
New York Press Photographers Association
Newswomen’s Club of New York
Society of Silurians

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