PNJ cleared of allegations employees illegally recorded a meeting

September 18, 2013

State Attorney Bill Eddin’s announced this afternoon that his office had completed its investigation into whether employees of the Pensacola News Journal had illegally recorded a meeting between representatives of the University of West Florida and its editorial board. The SAO determined that there was insufficient evidence to establish a crime had been committed.

Rumors have been circulating for the past week that criminal charges were forthcoming from this investigation and that the top editorial personnel at the daily newspaper had either retired or been terminated because of the investigation.

As we reported last month, the departures at the News Journal were due to a system-wide decision by Gannett, who owns the daily newspaper, to reduce its work force. GannettBlog reported that the total employee cuts were estimated to be 430 people.

Here is the SAO report: 1364_0001.

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  • the king September 19, 2013 at 9:02 pm

    Cheers Lewis

  • Lewis Bear September 19, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Did PNJ reporter mention that “insufficient evidence” might have been due to PNJ destroying evidence? Reminds me of Richard Nixon

  • jeeperman September 19, 2013 at 6:45 am

    Confirmation that the SA jumps when the P’cola big shots speak……………….
    The complaint was investigated by the SA after a VERBAL complaint by Lewis Bear Jr.
    Any average Joe Citizen would have to file a written complaint in triplicate and wait six months before the SA decided to start investigating.

    • Rick Outzen September 19, 2013 at 7:32 am

      Actually, jeeperman, you’re wrong. Complaints don’t have to be in writing.

  • Sad State September 18, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    And former city administrator Reynolds was cleared of records violation.