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The Crimson, Harvard student newspaper, forced to defend allowing ICE fair comment after backlash


Added 10-23-19 12:22:02am EST - “The principal student newspaper at Harvard University is being forced by student activists to defend the standard journalistic practice of asking subjects of stories for comment.” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Harvard paper forced to defend allowing ICE fair comment after student backlash”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The principal student newspaper at Harvard University is being forced by student activists to defend the standard journalistic practice of asking subjects of stories for comment.

The Crimson, according to a “Note to Readers” published Tuesday, was publicly condemned by the group Act on a Dream and 10 other student groups for seeking comment from Immigration and Customs Enforcement for a Sept. 13 article about an Act protest calling for the agency to be abolished.

More than 650 people have signed a petition, which condemns getting comment from ICE as “cultural insensitivity.”

“In this political climate, a request for comment is virtually the same as tipping [ICE] off, regardless of how they are contacted,” reads the petition, which demands that the Crimson “reexamine and interrogate policies that place students under threat” and apologize for “the harm they inflicted” on illegal-immigrant students.

Act on a Dream also took to Twitter to “call on our peers and fellow student organizations to boycott @thecrimson and decline any interviews or requests for comment until they change their reckless policy that requires calling ICE in their reporting.”

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