Boulder City Council calls for ‘full editorial independence’ at Daily Camera

Daily Camera (Boulder): Late Tuesday night, the Boulder City Council unanimously approved a declaration in “support of the journalistic and editorial independence of our local newspaper,” the Daily Camera.

“The Boulder City Council, recognizing the importance of a free and fair press, and respecting the First Amendment, supports full editorial and journalistic independence for the local press,” the declaration reads.

It was the idea of Mayor Pro Tem Aaron Brockett, who said he was inspired to bring forth the declaration after reading a blog post from Dave Krieger, the former editorial page editor at the Camera.

Krieger in April self-published an editorial headlined, “Private equity owners endanger Daily Camera’s future.” He wrote that he had hoped the piece would be published in the Camera, and that he posted it to the blog only after he was barred from running it in the paper.

The piece was critical of the Camera’s owners, Alden Global Capital, a New York City hedge fund carrying out newsroom cuts Krieger described as “draconian.”

Krieger wrote last week on his blog that he was fired from the newspaper for reasons, he said, directly connected to his self-publication of the critical editorial.

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