Magazine article The Quill

SPJ Leaders Decry Arrests of Two News Executives

Magazine article The Quill

SPJ Leaders Decry Arrests of Two News Executives

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The arrests of two alternative newspaper executives in Arizona was a despicable abuse of power, leaders of the Society of Professional Journalists said Oct. 19.

According to a story on the Phoenix New Times Web site, which is owned by Village Voice Media, Executive Editor Michael Lacey and Chairman/CEO Jim Larkin were taken into custody for revealing grand jury information in their recent story "Grand jury targets New Times and its readers."

Their story revealed that Village Voice Media executives, reporters from the Phoenix New Times and information about some Web site readers were subpoenaed by a special prosecutor. The special prosecutor had been appointed to look into allegations that the Phoenix New Times had violated the law in publishing the home address of Maricopa Sheriff Joe Arpaio. …

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