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Media group asks governor to act as jailed reporters face Covid risks

Governor Gavin Newsom speaking with attendees at the 2019 California Democratic Party State Convention at the George R. Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, California. (Photo: Gage Skidmore / Flickr Creative Commons)

A media advocacy group has sent a letter to California Gov. Gavin Newsom urging him to address a rapid increase in coronavirus infections at San Quentin state prison.

The letter, sent to the governor’s office on Monday and released publicly later that evening, was penned by Ben Trefny, the head of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

With the approval of the group’s executive board, Trefny wrote the letter on behalf of more than a dozen incarcerated members of SPJ Northern California who work with media partners outside the prison’s walls to produce news stories and other forms of journalism on prison life.

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