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Photojournalist banned from covering Black Lives Matter Protests Leaves the Pittsburgh-Post-Gazette

By June 14, 2020 No Comments

Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer Michael Santiago. (Current photo by Jake Mysliwczyk)

By Charlie Deitch
Pittsburgh Current Editor

Editor’s Note: This breaking story will be updated

The Black photojournalist who was sidelined by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette management from photographing Black Lives Matter Protests has quit the paper.

Michael Santiago was taken off the beat June 5, the second journalist in two days to be banned from protest coverage by Executive Editor Keith Burris. Santiago announced on Twitter that he took the company’s recent buyout offer.

Santiago’s colleagues and other supporters took to Twitter to show support.

Mike Fuoco, a Post-Gazette reporter and president of the PGH NewsGuild tweeted a reference to recent calls for members of Post-Gazette management to step down.

Unsurprisingly, he also received support from Alexis Johnson, the first Black journalist the Post-Gazette sidelined.

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