Harvard Crimson, the university's student newspaper, defends himself to request U.S. immigration and customs enforcement for comment on a campus protest against the agency, despite a student petition attacking the ICE Newspaper.
in a note published on Tuesday, the document said that general journalistic practice should allow any individual or organization referred to in the article to respond to criticisms or allegations of misconduct.
At a rally on September 12, the Sleepwalk Law, a Harvard-based student advocacy group, called for ICE to be abolished. The Crimson, who covered the protest, later turned to ICE for comment on his coverage of the protest.
Act on a Dream and several other student organizations at the school then shook the newspaper's decision, saying it should not have contacted ICE because of "a long history of retaliation and retaliation against those who speak against them," the group writes in a petition to keep the newspaper from contacting ICE for comment.
"It was a wrong call. We are extremely disappointed with the cultural insensitivity shown by The Crimson's policy of reaching ICE, says the petition, which has more than 650 signatures.
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In an email, Act on a Dream directed NBC News to the statement used in its petition, adding that Crimson "has an obligation as a student publication." for news, think about the safety of the students they report to As our colleagues, they have a serious insensitivity when processing undocumented reports. "
" There was no need for them to raise student protest to a level of national importance that required a direct response from a government agency, especially given the direct danger related to their actions, "the email signed by the Dream Board Act says. "We state that journalistic ethics should require them to prioritize the safety of their sources and to report with sensitivity."
Purple President Christine E. Guillaume refers NBC News to the newspaper's note to readers when reached for comment.
A reader note published on Tuesday by Guillaume and Crimson manager Angela N. Fu defends the decision to contact ICE, saying the document follows "a generally accepted set of journalistic standards similar to those followed by professional journalistic organizations small. "
" The most important of these standards is the belief that any country in history has the right to comment or criticize criticism equated to them, "the editor's note states.
says Crimson contacted ICE after the rally ended and did not notify ICE in advance of the protest, nor did it provide names or immigration status to people during the protest.
The Crimson met with him in Act on a Dream to respond to issues expressed on social media and to explain common journals A week later, in a note to readers, the petition calling for Crimson to change its policy was said.
In an editor's note, The Crimson stated that he had consulted the Student Press Center and the Company. Professionals Journalists who have confirmed that Crimson has complied with journalistic ethical standards by reaching ICE.
The Code of Ethics of the Society of Professional Journalists states that journalists should "diligently search for news coverage to allow them to respond to crit complaints or allegations of misconduct. "
" We understand that some readers may disagree with The Crimson's policies, "the editorial says." But our mission is facts, truth, storytelling and understanding. In our view, consistent implementation of a generally accepted set of journalistic standards is the best way to fairly report on campus in a sensitive and meaningful way. "