Jim Larkin and Mike Lacey are the founders of New Times.
Mike Lacey is the Media Executive Editor of Village Voice Media. Jim Larkin is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Village Voice Media. They have been honored by the ACLU Foundation which is located in Arizona. They have announced the Civil Libertarian of the Year Award to both of them. This award was handed out to them during the annual Bill of Rights Dinner organized by AZ ACLU in the Heard Museum’s Steele Auditorium.
The presentation was made by John Hay who is the ex-President of the ACLU Foundation of Arizona. This was when he also explained how these founders of New Times had been arrested. This was after illegal as well as overbroad grand jury subpoenas had been published. This was in the double-bylined cover story that was titled “Breathtaking Abuse of the Constitution.” Read more: Village Voice Media | Wikipedia
He also stated how the County Attorney along with the Sheriff had conspired in order to put New Times out of business. Hence they made use of the criminal system. This was done in order to prevent anyone from exercising civil liberties. In this way, the honorees had put these two persons, their families as well as their business at a high degree of risk.
This was when Hay further pointed out that all these events were only a part of the long line of actions that were made to defend civil liberties by the publication, New Times along with its owners.
This honor has been given to these two journalists for all that they have managed to achieve for civil liberties. Hay declared that this arrest by the Sheriff as well as the County Attorney is only one of the incidences. Rather, these two have been defending civil liberties for nearly 38 years now. This is why Hay presented these awards to Michael Lacey as well as Jim Larkin as they have been the Civil Libertarians for the past thirty-eight years.
This was when Lacey and Larkin won a standing ovation from all the attendees at that event. They also gave a speech at the event. Michael Larkin stated that the conflict with Sheriff Joe Arpaio is still not over. He stated that Mr. Arpaio is a thug with guns. Hence everyone at Village Voice Media is prepared to resist him.
This was followed by an address by Jim Lacey where he praised his fellow newspaperman. He stated that the abuses that have been perpetrated by Joe Arpaio along with County Attorney Andrew Thomas are specifically against the Mexican immigrants. This has led to trampling down of the constitutional rights of journalists. He said that they are specifically after the Mexicans.
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