Conviction in Murder of Oakland Editor ‘a Great Day for Journalists’

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The murder convictions of two men who killed Oakland Post editor Chauncey Bailey in 2007 were hailed Thursday by press groups and residents of the city for which Bailey reported, the Oakland Tribune reported. Bailey, 57, was the first journalist killed over a domestic story in the United States since 1976, and his death sparked a coalition of local media to join together in what later became known as The Chauncey Bailey Project to investigate the death and the police handling of it. Yusuf Bey IV, a former Oakland community group leader and operator of Your Black Muslim Bakery, was convicted of ordering the murders of Bailey and two other men. Bailey was working on a story about the bakery’s finances, and Bey wanted to protect its legacy.

Dori Maynard, president of the Robert C. Maynard Institute for Journalism Education in Oakland, called it “a great day for journalists.” Reporters Without Borders, an international nonprofit group promoting journalists’ rights and safety, issued a statement saying it’s “relieved that justice has been served in the case of murdered journalist Chauncey Bailey. However, it won’t erase the lack of efficiency and fairness on the part of the local police handling his case. The organization now hopes that lessons will be drawn from this case and that journalists will be able to perform their job as they have a right to.”

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