Increasing the NYPD’s authority to suspend or revoke press credentials would impede on the obligations of journalists to gather and share information under the rights guaranteed by the First Amendment. Let’s not distract from the need for reform by placing blame on the journalists who raise awareness about it. There must remain a balance of power between the police and the press, especially during protests and demonstrations.
The Deadline Club of New York is calling upon the New York State Legislature to stop school-based censorship and restore students’ rights to free speech under the First Amendment.
Deadline Club Board of Governors
The Deadline Club, the New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), is deeply concerned by the lack of transparency being exhibited by New York State government agencies regarding the replacement of the Tappan Zee Bridge, which is currently one of the largest public works projects in the country. We stand with The Journal News in its efforts to obtain full and unfettered disclosure of public documents related to the bridge.
On October 3, 2013, The Club co-signed a letter to New York State Governor Andrew M. Cuomo advocating for increasing camera access to the state’s courtrooms.
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 with a joint statement.
Members of The Deadline Club’s governing board met with New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly and his chief spokesman, Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne, to discuss relations between the city’s 35,000 uniformed police officers and the working press.