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UNITY: Journalists for Diversity is deeply troubled that the Justice Department secretly seized Associated Press journalists’ phone records.
AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt called the incident “a massive and unprecedented intrusion” into the journalistic process and press freedom.
Freedom of the press is a founding principle of the United States.
“We call upon Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. to swiftly explain the rationale for intruding into an arena protected by the First Amendment,” acting UNITY President Doris Truong said. “We also join the Associated Press in calling on the Justice Department to return all of the phone records and to destroy copies of the information received.”
NOTE: Paul Cheung, president of the Asian American Journalists Association and a member of the UNITY board, is an Associated Press employee; he was not involved in the preparation of this statement.
UNITY Journalists for Diversity is a strategic alliance that:
- Advocates fair and accurate coverage about diversity — especially race, nationality, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation.
- Aggressively challenges that industry to staff its organizations at all levels to reflect the country’s diversity.
The UNITY board is made up of representatives from the Asian American Journalists Association, the Native American Journalists Association, and NLGJA: The Association of LGBT Journalists.