Statement from the NJ-SPJ Board of Directors

The Board of Directors of the New Jersey Society of Professional Journalists issues the following statement in response to Asm. Joe Danielsen’s comments, as reported by New Jersey Monitor:

Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17)
Assemblyman Joe Danielsen (D-17)

“We are appalled that Assemblyman Danielsen has managed to not only attack the integrity of our colleagues, but use a well-known trope that is echoed when one does not like the coverage they are receiving.

The reason we know what is in the bill is because journalists across the state read the bill before reporting on it.

Though two committees approved the release of the proposal to the full chamber, it was quite clear on Monday that a cross section of New Jerseyans – not just journalists – are against this regressive change to OPRA.

We demand an apology from the assemblyman for his attack on journalists in this state who work hard to uphold our Code of Ethics, which includes verifying information before releasing it.

NJ-SPJ also calls on legislators to share their amendments PUBLICLY before they are even considered by their respective chambers. 

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