Black Radio Network Sues NYPD In Credentials Flap
June 15, 2010 at 4:21 AM (PT)
BLACK RADIO NETWORK has sued the NEW YORK Police Department in NEW YORK Federal District Court over the denial of BRN's renewal of its working press credentials. BRN lost its credentials after being accredited for 40 years.
"It appears the standard now used by the NYPD to deny the vital press credentials of BLACK RADIO NETWORK differs from the standard applied to non-minority oriented media," said attorney EARL WARD, who represents BRN. "The facts speak for themselves."
"We have waited more than a year to have our credentials renewed so that we can cover NEW YORK news, in our own style, on a equal footing with other media companies," said BRN Pres./News Dir. JAY LEVY. "We have held up the worldwide distribution of our daily Minority News report at blackradionetwork.com until such time as we gain the renewal of our working press credentials by the NYPD. In my more than 50 years in the NEW YORK news business, I never witnessed such discriminatory treatment by the NYPD."