Newspaper Guild protests police department’s release of Post-Gazette reporters’ questions

The Newspaper Guild blasts the Pittsburgh Police Department for putting out a press release with Post-Gazette reporters’ questions about the handling of a recent murder-suicide, thus tipping off rival news outlets to their investigation:

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This unconscionable breach of professional ethics by the chief’s office and the public information officer was not just an attempt to ruin a “scoop” for two reporters, it was an attempt to derail any communication between reporters and police beyond what officials offer at staged news conferences.

The Guild says the department’s intention was “to punish and intimidate reporters who dared to demand answers to important questions” about the murder-suicide and the police response to it.

* Pittsburgh police behavior “unconscionable” (newsguild.org)
* Earlier: P-G editor protests police department’s actions (jimromenesko.com)

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