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Harvard Crimson Censured after Asking ICE for a Comment for Article About Anti-ICE Protest


Added 10-22-19 04:04:02pm EST - “More than 650 people have signed a petition condemning the Harvard Crimson's coverage of an on-campus protest demanding the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.” - Nationalreview.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nationalreview.com: “Harvard Crimson Censured after Asking ICE for a Comment for Article About Anti-ICE Protest | National Review”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

More than 650 people have signed a petition condemning the Harvard Crimson’s coverage of an on-campus protest demanding the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The Crimson reached out to ICE for a comment on a September 13 story about the protest which was led by student-run immigration advocacy group, “Act on a Dream” in cooperation with sympathetic campus groups.

A month after the article was published, Act on a Dream started a petition, cosigned by ten other campus organizations, objecting to the Crimson’s decision to reach out to ICE for comment on the grounds that doing so might endanger the students who were quoted criticizing the agency.

“In this political climate, a request for comment is virtually the same as tipping [ICE] off, regardless of how they are contacted,” the petition reads. “The Crimson, as a student-run publication, has a responsibility to prioritize the safety of the student body they are reporting on — they must reexamine and interrogate policies that place students under threat.”

Crimson President Kristine E. Guillaume stated that the paper did not provide names, immigration statuses, or extended quotes of those involved, and defended the decision to ask ICE for comment as part of “fundamental journalistic values.” The Crimson has also been defended by several journalism organizations which argued the reporters were following standard practices.

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