Suzanne Nossel Speaks Against Alleged Free Press Violations

Former Skadden Fellow Suzanne Nossel (’97) was quoted in The New York Times about the recent accusations of freedom of the violations during protests in Ferguson, Mo., after the killing of Michael Brown (“US Inquiry Sought in Police Treatment of Press at Ferguson Protests,” Oct. 26). The PEN American Center, for which Suzanne serves as executive director, is calling on the Justice Department to investigate the allegations. Suzanne agrees that “the blurring line between credentialed journalists and the public poses challenges for the police as they respond to protests,” but says many of those distinctions were beside the point. “The rights most important to the press are the rights everyone holds — to ask questions, to communicate, to be in a public place if they are acting peacefully,” she said.