'They sit and rip': Former inmate claims in suit that Rikers Island correction officers routinely censor the Daily News
Added 07-10-19 11:13:02am EST - “Winston Binh Nguyen, 32, of East Harlem, who spent nearly four months at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, filed a notice of petition Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court against the city's Department of Correction and its commissioner,…” - Nydailynews.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “'They sit and rip’: Former inmate claims in suit that Rikers Island correction officers routinely censor the Daily News”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
A man who was locked up on Rikers Island claims in a new lawsuit corrections officers repeatedly ripped out pages from the Daily News in a strange censorship effort .
Winston Binh Nguyen, 32, of East Harlem, who spent nearly four months at the Otis Bantum Correctional Center, filed a notice of petition Tuesday in Manhattan Supreme Court against the city’s Department of Correction and its commissioner, Cynthia Brann, stating he saw correction officers purge the paper of articles related to the criminal justice system.
“[They] removed four full pages from the Daily News reporting on changes to laws concerning cash bail and discovery, which were passed the day before with the state budget," the suit contends, referring to The News’s coverage on bail reform as part of the state’s $175.5 billion budget, which appeared on pages two and three of the tabloid’s April 2nd edition.
“This coverage does not rise to the level of compromising the safety or security of the facility, but rather represents important legal information possibly affecting many incarcerated people’s cases,” the suit adds. “It is [my] understanding that instruction for what to censor from the Daily News (and only the Daily News) is sent out each day so that DOC staff can remove those pages. To [my] knowledge, no other newspaper is similarly censored.”
Nguyen also presented his allegations before the city’s Board of Correction this week during its meeting in Lower Manhattan, asking for the oversight body to investigate.
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