Silha Center Joins News Organizations, Press Advocacy Groups in Letter Emphasizing Importance of Press Freedom During Racial Justice Protests

On April 17, 2021, the Silha Center for the Study of Media Ethics and Law joined 26 news organizations and press advocacy groups in a letter written by Ballard Spahr attorney Leita Walker and sent to Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, his spokesperson Teddy Tschann, Department of Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell, Department of Public Safety Commissioner John Harrington, and Minnesota State Patrol Chief Matt Langer. The letter aimed to “impress upon [them] the gravity of the misconduct [by law enforcement] and to memorialize . . . the media’s expectations going forward.” The letter asserted that “[t]he First Amendment is clear: journalists have a robust right of access to gather and report the news without fear of intrusion or interference by law enforcement.”  

The full letter is available here.