Press Foundation Rescinds NABJ Coverage
WI Web Staff Report | 8/5/2011, 11:31 a.m.
The Historical Black Press Foundation (HBPF) has rescinded its offer of media coverage for the National Association of Black Journalists'(NABJ) convention in Philadelphia which ends on Aug.7.
The decision, stated in an Aug. 4 letter to the NABJ communications team, was based on HBPF's assertion that the black journalists'organization would allow Arianna Huffington to address a session of its conference in spite of the National Writers Union's (NPU) call for a boycott.
While the letter states that HBPF is standing up for the rights of freelance writers, it also notes that it won't go against the rights and needs of writers, norparticipate in or provide additional coverage of NABJ convention events which began Aug. 3.
"For the record, the Huffington Post's questionable actions and business practices jeopardize the livelihood of thousands of writers," the letter states.
"The 400 media outlets that HBPF works daily to protect depend on freelance writers, editors, photographers and digital content producers. It was would be inappropriate for us to support NABJ's unethical decision to allow Ms. Huffington and/or the Huffington Post to speak before your membership."
HBPF further noted that in the event NABJ rescinds its offer to Harrington, it might reconsider its decision