APME joins journalism groups protesting the raid on 'The Breeze'
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Posted by: Jack Lail
Here is a copy of a letter that was e-mailed last week protesting the raid on The Breeze at James Madison University.
April 20, 2010
Marsha L. Garst
Commonwealth’s Attorney, Rockingham
and the City of Harrisonburg
53 Court Square
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
firstname.lastname@example.orgDear Ms. Garst:
I write on behalf of APME, an
association of editors and news directors throughout North America
whose media organizations subscribe to the Associated Press, to
protest the improper seizure of more than 900 published and
unpublished images from The Breeze at James Madison
Your actions in this instance are an
affront not only to a free press but to the people of a democratic
society and to the laws and constitutions of the United States and
the Commonwealth of Virginia. The raid on the The Breeze has
drawn nationwide attention to the conduct of your office.
We ask that you immediately return to
The Breeze its improperly seized property, and we urge that
you apologize to the students and faculty of James Madison University
and to the citizens of Rockingham County.
Otis L. Sanford, president
Associated Press Managing Editors