Newspaper Guild Prez Urges Protest on Cooper-Miller Case

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By: E&P Staff

Linda Foley, president of the Newspaper Guild-CWA, Thursday proposed a silent protest next week on the day reporters Matt Cooper and Judith Miller face possible sentencing in the Plame case.

In a letter, she wrote: “Like most in the journalism community, we are outraged and concerned about the contempt proceedings against Judith Miller and Matt Cooper. We would like to promote a demonstration of support and protest by coordinating two minutes of silence in newsrooms across America at noon EST on Wednesday, July 6. That’s the day the district court judge has said he will impose jail sentences.

“We also are encouraging journalists to organize courthouse vigils throughout the country on the same day. We are soliciting support from various publishers and others who care about investigative journalism. This won’t change the situation, unfortunately, but it will send a message that we all support the principles these colleagues are willing to go to jail for. It also will help build support for a national shield law.”

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