Wednesday, February 08, 2006

NY Press Staff Walk

The editorial staff at The New York Press, a free weekly which hails itself as "the premier alternative newspaper", walked out in protest of the paper's refusal to print the cartoons which sparked the past week's riots throughout the world. The New York Sun has been the only New York paper with the guts to print the images.

...Having been ordered at the 11th hour to pull the now-infamous Danish cartoons from an issue dedicated to them, the editorial group—consisting of myself, managing editor Tim Marchman, arts editor Jonathan Leaf and one-man city hall bureau Azi Paybarah, chose instead to resign our positions.
We have no desire to be free speech martyrs, but it would have been nakedly hypocritical to avoid the same cartoons we'd criticized others for not running, cartoons that however absurdly have inspired arson, kidnapping and murder and forced cartoonists in at least two continents to go into hiding.... - Email from Editor-in-Chief Harry Siegel
Included in the walkout was fellow blogger Azi, who posted at the NY Press blog called The 51st State. Azi posts here that he will be back under a new URL. Until then, I have removed the link on my blogroll for the blog at The New York Press.

"It's not something we can write about and call people hypocrites if we're going to be doing the same thing," -Azi Paybarah
You can show support by emailing Azi at paybarah (at)

NY Blogger Coverage
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Michelle Malkin
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