First Amendment Committee

January 2020

Thursday, January 16th, 2020

SABEW calls on the Trump administration to share its rationale behind the change to the BLS “lockups” process

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing, which represents 3,000 business and financial journalists in North America, is deeply concerned by the lack of a clear explanation behind an apparent decision by DOL to ban all electronic devices in the “lockups”.  This limits journalist ability to produce immediate, complete available-to-all reporting on government releases of economic data. Such ...[Read More]

November 2019

Wednesday, November 6th, 2019

SABEW advocates for access to government experts, records

November 6, 2019 The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is increasingly concerned about the shroud of secrecy that has enveloped the federal government and government agencies. For that reason, we have co-signed a letter to Congress, authored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and signed on by journalism organizations, in support of legislation that would ensure ...[Read More]

August 2019

Friday, August 30th, 2019

SABEW statement on the role of the financial press

August 31, 2019 On the 125th anniversary of Labor Day, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) recognizes the contributions that our members make in delivering important information and insights to the public. At a time when markets are facing whiplash from conflicting policy directives, the role that our journalist members play in informing the public with their reporting ...[Read More]

June 2019

Friday, June 28th, 2019

SABEW calls on the Trump administration and Congress to commit to providing adequate funds for statistical agencies

June 28, 2019 As we prepare to celebrate Independence Day on July 4, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) reminds the public of the important work performed by economists, researchers and statisticians at government agencies that is crucial to the functioning of our markets. The Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Department of ...[Read More]

May 2019

Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

SABEW welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) welcomes the release of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo after more than 500 days in jail in Myanmar. As we have been saying for more than a year, they should never have been imprisoned. The reporters, who were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for exposing atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, had been sentenced in September 2018 ...[Read More]

April 2019

Monday, April 29th, 2019

SABEW joins Reuters in calling for imprisoned journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be freed

In advance of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) joins member Reuters in calling for imprisoned Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo to be freed. The journalists, who were awarded a Pulitzer Prize for their exposé on atrocities against Rohingya Muslims, were sentenced in September 2018 to seven years in prison on charges of illegal ...[Read More]

March 2019

Wednesday, March 6th, 2019

SABEW supports open government and Sunshine Week, March 10-16

As the nation marks Sunshine Week ’19, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is celebrating the importance of the First Amendment and press freedom. Journalists, consumers and businesses require timely, accurate data to understand the state of the economy and to make sound decisions affecting all aspects of a democratic society. SABEW is alarmed at how Trump administration ...[Read More]

January 2019

Friday, January 25th, 2019

SABEW continues to urge all parties to end the government shutdown so journalists have access to data.

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) is deeply troubled by the five-week partial government shutdown delaying the release of important economic reports. Timely access to data about the United States economy is critical to decision-making by our nation’s businesses and consumers. The continued partial shutdown is disrupting the vital flow of information as the Bureau of ...[Read More]

October 2018

Friday, October 19th, 2018

SABEW is alarmed by the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) has viewed with increasing alarm the disappearance of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. His disappearance has prompted leading financial news organizations to withdraw in protest from covering the Future Investment Initiative, also known as the “Davos in the Desert” ...[Read More]

September 2018

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

SABEW stands with Reuters in condemning the sentencing of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo in Myanmar

The Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) stands with member news organization Reuters in condemning the unjust sentencing on Sept. 3 of Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo. They were sentenced to seven years in prison on charges of illegal possession of official documents. Police in Myanmar detained the two reporters on Dec. 12, 2017, for allegedly “obtaining state ...[Read More]

August 2018

Tuesday, August 14th, 2018

SABEW supports August 16th campaign defending press freedom

SABEW and its members are working to draw attention to the importance of a free press. On August 16, journalists from around the country will disseminate editorials supporting the First Amendment. As the nation's leading association of business journalists, we wholeheartedly support robust, fair and accurate reporting. The importance of our mission is underscored by the First Amendment....[Read More]

May 2018

Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

July 17, 2018: Maintaining the Quality and Integrity of US Government Data: A Discussion and Mixer for Journalists and Economists

Tuesday, July 17, 2018 3:15 - 5:15 PM Four Seasons Hotel, Washington, DC Speakers: Brian Moyer, director, BEA William Wiatrowski, acting commissioner, BLS Stephanie Studds, chief, Economic Indicators Division, U.S. Census Bureau Moderator: Lydia DePillis, economy reporter, CNNMoney Timely and reliable economic statistics are key to the work of both economists and journalists as they ...[Read More]
Tuesday, May 1st, 2018

SABEW supports World Press Freedom Day, May 3

UNESCO is marking the 25th anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. This year’s event comes as we absorb this week’s news of the slaughter of at least nine journalists in a bombing attack in Kabul. Around the world, journalists are being killed, assaulted, maimed and imprisoned as they attempt to do their jobs. As members of the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW), we ...[Read More]

March 2018

Friday, March 9th, 2018

SABEW Supports Sunshine Week, March 11-17

Sunshine Week   SABEW's First Amendment Initiative   A First Amendment Imperative: Accessing Accurate Government Data  ...[Read More]

November 2017

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

First Amendment Statement from Mark Hamrick, president, SABEW, Washington Bureau Chief for 

The shocking alleged, but well-documented, attack of a reporter by Republican Greg Gianforte is an affront to the First Amendment, running counter to the ideals associated with civil discourse in a robust democracy. The reporter was asking a question about proposed health care legislation. Candidates for Congress, and other offices, must be prepared for scrutiny and questions from reporters, or else ...[Read More]

May 2017

Friday, May 19th, 2017

A message from new SABEW President Mark Hamrick: On press freedom and the year ahead

Hello SABEW members: This is the first of what I hope will be regular updates. First, I’m excited to be your president for the year ahead! I’ve had the good fortune of meeting or knowing you in-person. For others, I look forward to being introduced. Also, please check out our terrific new board and officers. We’re just coming off our exciting Seattle spring conference. Thanks to ...[Read More]

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