Shouts of solidarity for black reporter pulled from protests

A black reporter from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette was informed she couldn’t cowl the town’s protests over the death of George Floyd due to a tweet, and now dozens of her colleagues, fellow journalists, her union and even the town’s mayor are talking out in help of her.

On Friday the Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh and lots of of her fellow reporters on the Post-Gazette had been demanding that Alexis Johnson be allowed cowl the protests, sending similar variations of the tweet themselves and utilizing the hashtag #IStandWithAlexis.

On Sunday, Johnson posted four photos that present trashed public areas within the aftermath of a crowd.

“Horrifying scenes and aftermath from selfish LOOTERS who don’t care about this city!!!!!” the tweet’s textual content says. “…. oh wait sorry. “No, these are pictures from a Kenny Chesney concert tailgate. Whoops.”

It has since been retweeted almost 50,000 instances.

Johnson confirmed to The Associated Press on Friday that she was informed the tweet and the obvious bias it confirmed had been the explanations she would now not be overlaying the protests. She declined additional remark, deferring to her guild.

Guild President Michael A. Fuoco, who can be a Post-Gazette reporter, informed the AP that guild leaders had been “appalled” by the transfer, and the paper’s editors haven’t yielded in any respect in discussions about Johnson’s standing.

“We feel taking a black woman off the most monumental national story about civil rights in the last 50 years is punishment,” Fuoco mentioned. “We have very few black journalists. Someone who has the contacts and the insights for this story, that is what you want.”

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He mentioned of the tweet that he “thought it was clever, I thought it was funny, and I thought it was food for thought. And that’s what we are as journalists. We put things out in the public square.”

Karen Kane, managing editor of the Post-Gazette, mentioned in an electronic mail that the paper’s editors can’t touch upon personnel issues.

Journalists from different shops across the nation and different unions had been additionally talking out in favor of Johnson, as did Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, who mentioned on Twitter that her reporting has at all times been truthful {and professional}.

The Pittsburgh Black Media Federation launched an announcement saying that to “deny the African American reporter the opportunity to cover this news removes an opportunity for the Post-Gazette to present a more fair, nuanced, and informed portrait of what is happening in local communities.”

Johnson on Friday thanked her union for “going to bat” for her and mentioned she was “crying” from the solidarity that has been proven for her.

“Thank you everyone for your support and your words of encouragement, your actions,” she tweeted. “I am just … wow.”

Johnson’s removing from protest protection was first reported by Pittsburgh City Paper.

Source: AP News

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