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Miller Denied Journalism Award

08.04.2005 11:07 | DISPATCHES

From Editor & Publisher:

The board of The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) has voted unanimously to not endorse an earlier decision to give a Conscience in Media award to jailed New York Times reporter Judith Miller, E&P has learned.

The group's First Amendment committee had narrowly voted to give Miller the prize for her dedication to protecting sources, but the full board has now voted to not accept that decision, based on its opinion that her entire career, and even her current actions in the Plame/CIA leak case, cast doubt on her credentials for this award.

The group's president, Jack El-Hai, posted an explanation on an internal list-serve yesterday, noting the opposition from the rank and file, and also mentioning two other reasons for the unanimous vote:

  • "A feeling that Miller's career, taken as a whole, did not make her the best candidate for the award"
  • "Divided opinions on the board over whether her recent actions merit the award."


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