NYC Stations Among Media Coalition Protesting NYPD’s Treatment of Reporters

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By Merrill Knox Comment

A coalition of media organizations — including WABC, WNBC and WCBS — sent a letter yesterday to the New York Police Department protesting recent media access issues and police handling of reporters.

In November, the New York Press Club sent a letter to city officials protesting treatment of journalists during the Occupy Wall Street raid. In response, police commissioner Ray Kelly told officers that they could be disciplined for disrupting media access, according to the Washington Post. But journalists in New York City say that there continues to be interference while they work.

“A number of press entities feel that more needs to be done if we are to resolve these issues in an amicable manner,” the media letter said, according to the Post.

In addition to WABC, WNBC and WCBS — which are owned by ABC, NBC and CBS, respectively — organizations that signed the letter include the Associated Press, the New York Times, the New York Daily News, Thompson Reuters and Bloomberg News.