Sunday, May 24, 2009

Police Action: 'San Diego Trib' Pressured By LAPD

Since the sale of the newspaper to a private-equity firm in March, the editorial board of the San Diego Union-Tribune has come under pressure from one of its investors, the public safety association representing Los Angeles police officers.

The group wants to muzzle op-ed contributors who are critical of the role played by public employees' unions in the budget process. The pressure tactics, first reported by the Los Angeles Times, could be a harbinger of similar attempts to suborn newspapers' editorial integrity, using their financial distress as leverage.

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