Kentucky Press Association Reacts To Attack On Capital Gazette Employees

Posted at 4:08 PM, Jun 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-29 16:08:30-04

FRANKFORT, Ky (LEX 18) The Kentucky Press Association, based out of Frankfort, has responded and reacted to the Capital Gazette Attack.

On Thursday, police say that a gunman entered a building in Annapolis, Maryland that houses the Capital Gazette newspaper and targeted employees of the paper, killing five people and wounding others. 

The victims in the Capital Gazette shooting were Wendi Winters, John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Rebecca Smith, and Rob Hiaasen. They were all employees of the Capital Gazette. 

The Associated Press reports that Wendi Winters was the special publications editor. John McNamara was a writer. Gerald Fischman was an editorial page editor. Rebecca Smith was a sales assistant, and Rob Hiaasen was an assistant editor and columnist. 

The suspect was identified as Jarrod W. Ramos. 

The Kentucky Press Association works with several news outlets throughout the state and the shooting in Maryland concerned them. 

KPA admits that threats towards journalists happen all the time. Most of the time, the people making those threats believe that something was unfairly published. 

An editor, who has worked in the business for more than three decades, said that actively finding better ways to secure news media buildings in imperative.

"Some outlets have taken security measure to make it more difficult for people to get into the business. Many, some have not. I would encourage every business owner who manages or owns a media outlet to think in terms of what can we do better. You just never know," said Kentucky Press News Service Editor David Greer. 

The association said that they hope this is not an indication for more attacks to come.