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Philly reporters urge owners to protect integrity

Philadelphia newspapers' staffers call on owners to protect integrity of their reporting By The Associated Press

PHILADELPHIA (AP) ' Nearly 300 newsroom employees of Philadelphia's two major newspapers are calling on the current and any future owners to protect the integrity of their reporting.

About 80 percent of the unionized and managerial-level newsroom employees of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia Daily News and signed the public statement released Friday.

The statement summaries concerns regarding a possible change in ownership of parent company Philadelphia Media Network and expresses employees' "dismay" over how they said coverage of the sale process was "compromised and censored" by management.

Philadelphia Media Network chief executive officer and publisher Greg Osberg responded with his own statement, expressing support for the journalists' "clear message" but disagreeing that censorship had occurred.

The statements referred to several incidents involving articles about the potential sale of the media properties.

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