Marion County Records reacts to outpour of attention
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)- News stations from all across the country gathered around as Marion County Records published their first newspaper since the now infamous police raid at their headquarters and owner's home.
KAKE had cameras in the room, along with the New York Times and Associated Press, to hear a live press conference from Eric Meyer, the owner of the newspaper.
"We will, we do have a paper today, as we said we were seized, but not silenced," said Meyer.
This marks Marion County Record's busiest week in its entire 154 year history. The controversial police raid that took place last Friday has received worldwide condemnation from societies of journalists both internationally and domestically.
We spoke with Katherine Jacobsen who is the US and Canada program coordinator from the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"We’re just incredibly concerned about the press freedom implications both for journalists who are working in Kansas and across the United States. When local journalists are under attack in this way, when state and federal laws protecting journalists are ignored, it’s of great concern to us and it’s really important to be on the ground and show our support,” said Jacobsen.
The newspaper was left to publish their weekly news without any of the equipment seized by the police in the initial raid, but now KBI has said the investigation will proceed independently, and without review or examination of any of the evidence seized. Meyers says he is unsurprised.
“And I always said from the beginning of this that we’d get our stuff back Wednesday after we published something, and amazing! We’re getting it back on Wednesday right after we published this week," said Meyer.
Now the seized equipment is on its way to Kansas City for further forensic analysis from specialists to ensure no tampering occurred.
The good news to come from all this?
"We’ve had two thousand new subscription orders come in," said Meyer.