The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) board of directors unanimously passed a resolution on Sunday condemning statements and actions by President Donald Trump and his administration that are detrimental to the freedom of the press. The continued attacks and hostile attitude towards the press must cease.
At the national board meeting following the NABJ Convention & Career Fair in Detroit, the board approved the following resolution:
“Whereas President Trump or his aides have excluded a reporter from a White House briefing for asking unwanted questions;
Whereas President Trump has suggested taking away journalists’ press credentials because of perceived negative coverage;
Whereas President Trump has repeatedly and unjustly labeled much of the news media as “fake news”;
Whereas President Trump has called the news media “very unpatriotic”;
Whereas President Trump has described journalists as the “enemy of the people”;
Whereas supporting and protecting journalists is consistent with the National Association of Black Journalists, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that takes no position on governmental policies and programs;
Therefore, the National Association of Black Journalists rejects and condemns any statement and action by President Trump and his administration that are detrimental to freedom of the press.”
In addition, the board discussed conducting a study on President Donald Trump and the media, and reporting the findings by the 2019 NABJ convention in Miami. NABJ is interested in hearing from organizations, educational institutions, individuals and entities that may be interested in partnering. Contact: [email protected].
NABJ’s 43rd convention — titled “Driving Journalism, Technology & Trust” — brought together 3,000 journalists, media professionals, students and thought leaders to the Motor City from August 1-5, 2018.