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UNITY: Journalists for Diversity believes in the First Amendment and the freedoms afforded Americans under to it. Those freedoms are fundamental to our democracy. Freedom of the press is a long tradition in the United States and should continue under a free exchange of ideas.
On Tuesday, Americans went to the polls to elect the next president after a long, divisive campaign. In this campaign, Americans heard despicable attacks directed toward people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, refugees and women. The country also saw assaults on First Amendment rights: from universities cracking down on students’ support of candidates to Americans being targeted based on their religion. In addition, some proposals mentioned during the campaign seek to weaken the nation’s libel laws. At times, journalists were harassed, arrested, threatened with violence and even physically assaulted. UNITY President Russell Contreras was attacked during one Donald Trump rally for recording video of a political argument. At another rally, an attendee wore a T-shirt suggesting that journalists should be lynched.
As United States prepares to inaugurate the 45th president, UNITY remains committed to the fair coverage of people of color, the LGBTQ community, immigrants, refugees and women. UNITY will not bend in demanding that newsrooms be more reflective of the communities they cover, and UNITY will remain vigilant against harmful stereotypes directed toward vulnerable communities. UNITY also stands with the American Society of News Editors ready to defend the First Amendment so democracy will continue to thrive for generations to come.
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.