Following is a statement by Jen Judson, President of the National Press Club and Gil Klein, President of the National Press Club Journalism Institute on developments this week in the murder case of journalist Jeff German of the Las Vegas Review.
“In a week of fast-moving events, we wanted to congratulate the Las Vegas police department for their swift and professional work in finding and arresting a suspect in Jeff German’s murder. This was clearly a priority for the department and the community, and as sad as the story is, we find hope that Las Vegas was not going to let this go but was determined to chase the leads and do the work. And some of the journalism — online and on television — was no doubt helpful in leading to an arrest.
We cannot remember an elected politician attacking a journalist like this. We hope never to see it again. So far, 39 journalists have been killed in the U.S. during our history, and many of those were in the Civil War. Since 2003, 10 journalists have been killed in our country in six incidents. The Capital Gazette, where the newsroom was attacked because of what was written, comes immediately to mind. It was not long ago. Journalists can be killed while doing their work.
Las Vegas reacted as a community that did not want to lose its journalism and wanted to protect its journalists. In a week of awful events, that stood apart. The actions of reporters and the police were inspiring.”
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