Education Writers Association Statement Supporting the Marion County Record After Police Raid

EWA releases the following statement after law enforcement raided a local newspaper in Marion, Kansas.

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Washington, D.C. – The Education Writers Association (EWA) is deeply concerned and disturbed by reports that law enforcement officers in Kansas raided the Marion County Record, a small family owned newspaper founded in 1869, on Friday, Aug. 11.

“Democracy in our nation is eroded when we cannot honor our First Amendment,” said Kathy Chow, EWA’s Executive Director. “As a nation, we must continue to protect those who report and expose the injustices within our communities and uphold federal law that defends journalists against search and seizure.” 

EWA will monitor developments in Kansas and nationwide in the interest of supporting the rights of all journalists, guaranteed under the First Amendment, to provide accurate and independent information to the public. EWA is committed to ensuring journalists’ rights are protected and preserved in all our communities.

EWA’s mission is to strengthen the community of education writers and improve the quality of education coverage to better inform the public. As the professional organization of members of the media who cover education at all levels, EWA has worked for more than 75 years to help journalists get the story right.

EWA is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Our tax ID # is 23-7439790.