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Raid on SF journalist criticized as trampling First Amendment

Raid on SF journalist criticized as trampling First Amendment

This article was previously posted on the Bay City Beacon website. This union has called for a probe into these police activities. San Francisco police on Tuesday allowed freelance video journalist Bryan Carmody to retrieve equipment and materials that officers seized from his home and office on May 10th, but the legal and political furor […]

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State-level bill to protect journalists is long overdue

State-level bill to protect journalists is long overdue

State-level legislation to hold law enforcement officers’ and public officials’ feet to the fire when they violate journalists’ rights is long overdue. Of especially strong concern is officers’ mistreatment of journalists, including those with press credentials; abuses range in severity from detention to injurious assault, and it’s a growing trend that needs to be stopped. […]

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David Perlman, beloved San Francisco Chronicle science editor and longest-ever Guild member, dies at age 101

David Perlman, beloved San Francisco Chronicle science editor and longest-ever Guild member, dies at age 101

By Caroline GrannanPacific Media Workers Guild unit chair, San Francisco Chronicle David Perlman, the revered San Francisco Chronicle science writer and editor who started at the Chronicle in 1940 and retired 77 years later in 2017 when he was a vigorous 98 years old, died June 19 at age 101. Perlman, who became a Newspaper […]

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Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s layoff announcement shocks workers, community

Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s layoff announcement shocks workers, community

June 14, 2020 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE HONOLULU — Workers, community members and reporters are reacting with shock to the Honolulu Star-Advertiser’s announcement Thursday it is laying off half of the newsroom. This devastation at the state’s largest newspaper will permanently damage the critical news coverage Hawaii depends on.  “This decision was disappointing, frustrating and unnecessary,” […]

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Former governors oppose Honolulu Star-Advertiser layoffs

Former governors oppose Honolulu Star-Advertiser layoffs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEJune 15, 2020 Three former governors of the state of Hawaii have joined forces to urge the Honolulu Star-Advertiser not to go through with sweeping layoffs it has announced that would cripple the newspaper and ultimately hurt the community that depends upon it. Former Governors John Waihee, Ben Cayetano and Neil Abercrombie sent […]

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Guild joins other press-freedom advocates backing SLAPP victim appealing court’s defamation finding

Guild joins other press-freedom advocates backing SLAPP victim appealing court’s defamation finding

In a matter with press-freedom implications, the Guild and several other organizations are joining the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press in seeking authorization to file an amicus brief supporting a woman appealing a Sacramento County Superior Court finding that a complaint of sexual harassment against a California assemblyman was defamatory. Pamela Lopez is […]

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Pro-Sunshine Victory

Pro-Sunshine Victory

In an opinion that stands to help budget-constrained journalists and news outlets stay competitive, the California Supreme Court has declared that public agencies must bear the cost of redacting electronic records that members of the public request. The Pacific Media Workers Guild (the Guild) and the Society of Professional Journalists’ Northern California chapter can claim […]

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Bar Date Info for McClatchy Employees

Bar Date Info for McClatchy Employees

GENERAL BAR DATE INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES OF MCCLATCHY COMPANIES IN BANKRUPTCY REPRESENTED BY THE NEWSGUILD- CWA Almost every bankruptcy case includes establishment of a “bar date,” which is the deadline for identifying monetary claims against the company. Here, the Bankruptcy Court has approved the Motion of the McClatchy Companies to set a bar date of […]

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Guild joins protest as SF mayor acts to diminish City Hall transparency

Guild joins protest as SF mayor acts to diminish City Hall transparency

The Guild and several other open-government advocacy organizations are urging San Francisco Mayor London Breed to rescind a March 23 declaration indefinitely suspending certain parts of the city’s Sunshine Ordinance. Breed is using the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to withhold City Hall records from journalists and other members of the public. “While some changes […]

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