St. Louis Prosecutor Subpoenas Journalists On Police Issues; One Resists

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St. Louis's chief prosecutor, Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce says, she has issued "hundreds of subpoenas" to media outlets in the course of her investigations over 15 years. Joyce tells Columbia Journalism Review this had never been an issue until January, when one of those subpoenas reached the desk of Margaret Freivogel, the editor of St. Louis Public Radio (KWMU). Freivogel, a 40-year veteran of the news business who plans to retire this year, not only refused to hand over any materials in response to the subpoena, which asked for audio or video recordings related to an altercation . . .

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