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NewsGuild Statement on Barbaric Murder of Steven Sotloff

Newspaper Guild President Bernie Lunzer issued the following statement today on the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff: "It appears that barbaric and radical extremists have again murdered a journalist as an act of revenge against the United States. Like James Foley two weeks ago, Steven Sotloff was murdered by horrific means shown in a video meant to terrorize and disgust the world. Because they are willing to risk their lives to tell stories from the darkest corners of the world, journalists have always been especially vulnerable targets for kidnappers. Now they are being preyed on by the most vile and vicious terrorists the modern world has ever seen. As we send our profound sympathy to the Sotloff family, we urge the entire world to continue to condemn these atrocities and to work together to stop an enemy to all humanity. Murdering storytellers who are courageously trying to understand and explain conflicts is an attack on civilization itself."

NewsGuild Members March in Labor Day Parades Nationwide

We’re rounding up our locals' Labor Day activities and would love to feature your Guild’s weekend photos from parades to picnics. In Springfield, Illinois, members of the United Media Guild unit at the State Journal-Register not only marched in their city’s parade, they were its Grand Marshal. UMG members in Rockford, Illinois, also marched, as did members of the Buffalo Guild (pictured). “We had a great turnout this year of about 30 people. Some brought their children, so we had a very nice contingent on a beautiful day,” Buffalo President Henry Davis said.

Wyoming, Iowa Court Rulings are First Amendment Victories

State courts in Iowa and Wyoming this month have upheld the media’s right to open court proceedings and to photograph court cases. The rulings, though local in scope, are major First Amendment victories for journalists and media organizations. In Wyoming, the state Supreme Court overturned a lower court judge's decision to close his courtroom and seal the file in a sexual assault case. In Iowa, a judge reversed another judge's ruling that threatened a photojournalist and his newspaper with contempt of court if they published pictures from a sexual abuse hearing involving a local mayor.

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