Protest Over ‘Village Voice’ Dismissal of Ridgeway

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By: E&P Staff

In an open letter, published in their newspaper, 20 editors or reporters at New York’s famed alt-weekly, the Village Voice, have protested the recent dismissal of columnist James Ridgeway, who has written on current events for the paper for three decades.

The paper, under new owner New Times Media, which runs its chain of weeklies from its Phoenix headquarters, has faced some disruptions in recent months. Pulitzer Prize winner Sydney Schanberg walked out in protest a few weeks ago.

The open letter concluded, “In light of this distinguished track record, the decision last week by the Voice’s new ownership to terminate Ridgeway is shameful. It also sends a terrible message as to the sort of coverage that the new ownership portends. We call on Voice Media executive editor Michael Lacey and chairman and CEO Jim Larkin to reverse his discharge.”

Among those who signed: Nat Hentoff, Tom Robbins, J. Hoberman,
Robert Christgau, Michael Musto, and Jennifer Gonnerman.

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