JAWS statement on Sinclair Broadcast Group script

Journalism and Women Symposium (JAWS) is concerned about Sinclair Broadcast Group’s decision to require local news stations to present a “must-read” statement without revealing the compulsory nature of the announcement, which characterized other news outlets as being biased and pushing an agenda of fake news.

We say this in light of other Sinclair “must-run” segments that have overtly favored one political point of view by expressly supporting the White House. Accuracy, context and the freedom to report the news is the hallmark of American local journalism and should be free from corporate or political influence.

For women in journalism, this is an obstacle in addition to many others. JAWS provides an interactive and welcoming community for women in journalism, and we offer support to the journalists affected by Sinclair’s latest action.