WGAE Statement on Univision Removing Gawker Posts
NEW YORK, NY (September 12, 2016) – The Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE), the union representing the editorial staff from Gawker Media, issued the following statement regarding UniModa’s decision to remove six posts previously published on Gawker Media sites:
“The WGAE learned late Friday that UniModa had decided to remove several posts from Jezebel, Deadspin, and Gizmodo based on concerns that the posts, all the subject of ongoing litigation, would put UniModa in the position of assuming liabilities that could result from the lawsuits. The Guild and its members at the former Gawker Media sites are deeply troubled by this. Though UniModa has offered assurances that it is committed to robust, fearless journalism, this move seems to belie that claim. We hope to continue the productive relationship we established with management at Gawker Media, but the decision to remove these posts casts a significant pall over Unimoda’s claimed commitment to the core values of our members employed by UniModa.
“Union members will be meeting early next week to discuss an appropriate response to the company’s decision.”
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