Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Free speech is not free – you can do your part

Posted By CotoBlogzz

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA – In a free society, the search for truth can only be done through persuasion, not using weapons of mass dis-information, (WPD) or demagoguery – this implies that the traditional Fourth Estate (traditional media and or print journalism) is an anachronism and being replaced by a new type of journalist.

These new breed of journalists belong in the courts to find truth, not to be hindered with subpoenas challenging their rights. Even now, journalists continue to battle subpoenas from prosecutors, criminal defendants and civil litigants in order to protect sources.

The CotoBuzz Journal is asking you to consider supporting  journalists through the Society for Professional Journalism’s (SPJ)  Legal Defense Fund.

The Society's Legal Defense Fund Auction will take place during the SPJ’s  Excellence in Journalism 2011 conference with RTDNA, Sept. 25-27 in New Orleans. The auction will raise money to offset legal fees  of journalists and news outlets. You can donate items for this auction. Past items have ranged from practical to memorable to playful. Some have donated professional services like writing instruction. Others have given journalism memorabilia like an antique AP teletype. And the auction always includes popular items such as vacation packages or tickets to sporting events.

No donation is too large or too small. We ask that you send in your items by Aug. 26, 2011 to SPJ Headquarters. Donations should be mailed to:
Legal Defense Fund Auction
Society of Professional Journalists
3909 N. Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

If you have any questions about the donation process, please emailor callLauren M. Rochester at 317-927-8000 ext. 210. 

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