Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Alt-weekly editor defends rival's owners

The Bay Guardian and the SF Weekly are usually at each other's throats. So it's interesting to note the comments of Guardian Executive Editor Tim Redmond about the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, owners of the SF Weekly's parent company. Lacey and Larkin were arrested Thursday in connection with a series of stories in their Phoenix paper on the local sheriff, Joe Arpaio. Outrage over the arrests was fast and furious — charges were dropped 24 hours later and now the prosecutors who hounded Lacey and Larkin are being investigated for abusing their power. Meanwhile, Redmond, who is chair of the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies First Amendment Committee, is quoted by the Village Voice as saying, "Our association and its members won't tolerate this sort of attack on the right of a member paper to publish information that is and ought to be public record." What apparently upset the sheriff was the Phoenix paper's decision to print his home address as part of a story questioning the $1 million in assets he has accumulated on a public servant's salary. In solidarity with the Phoenix paper, Redmond's Guardian and 40 other members of the alt-weekly association have agreed to post links to the story giving the sheriff's home address.

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