Freedom of the press is such an essential element to our allied professions, industries and the partners with which we work, and AWM was proud to stand with the 57 organizations demanding increased accountability on this issue.
(PRWEB) May 29, 2013
The Alliance for Women in Media (AWM) is one of fifty-seven national groups that sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder demanding a full, transparent account of the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists and whistleblowers on Friday, May 24.
AWM and the groups believe that actions, which expand secrecy and intimidate those trying to shed more light on our government run counter to the Obama administration’s promise of a new era of openness and transparency. In the letter, the groups demand a full account of the Justice Department’s targeting of journalists and whistleblowers so that they can advocate for appropriate action to protect everyone’s constitutional rights and push for stronger legal standards to protect all types of information gathering and sharing.
“For over 62 years, the Alliance for Women in Media has represented women in all forms of electronic media, promoting issues such as women’s media ownership and positive and realistic portrayals of women and girls,” states Erin M. Fuller, AWM’s president. “Freedom of the press is such an essential element to our allied professions, industries and the partners with which we work, and AWM was proud to stand with the 57 organizations demanding increased accountability on this issue.”
Representing millions of Americans, the groups include Free Press, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Library Association, the Communications Workers of America, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Society of Professional Journalists, the Sunlight Foundation and the Writers Guild of America East.
Read the full text of the letter and the list of signers here.
About the Alliance for Women in Media (AWM): The Alliance for Women in Media leverages the promise, passion and power of women in all forms of media. Formerly known as American Women in Radio & Television, AWM is the longest-established professional association dedicated to advancing women in media and entertainment, and celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2011. The Alliance for Women in Media carries forth its mission by educating, advocating and acting as a resource to its members and the industry at large via inspired thought leadership that illuminates areas of societal need.
About the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (formerly known as The Foundation of American Women in Radio & Television) supports and promotes educational programs, charitable activities, public service campaigns and scholarships to benefit the public, the electronic media and allied fields. The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation has created partnerships and joint-initiatives with the National Middle School Association, the Emma Bowen Foundation, the American Red Cross and other organizations that are philosophically aligned with the mission of the Foundation. The Foundation also supports Empowering America®, an initiative which pays tribute to many of America’s most pioneering and inspiring women. Through this program, the Foundation provides Empowering America® educational collateral to needy urban middle schools around the country. The Foundation also produces nationally acclaimed recognition programs, including the Gracie Awards®, a live gala that honors exemplary programming created for, by, and about women.