ATHENS, GA (October 14, 2016) Six NPPA members in good standing brought forward a formal, written complaint regarding three separate social media posts by Charles Menefee about the Black Lives Matter movement, including one that showed an aerial view of protestors accompanied by his words: “BLM is blocking the street… But I have a solution! How about we box everyone in and drop a fu*cking bomb on it.” A second post read, “I think it would be cool if someone rained gunfire down on to the ignorant human turds at the next @blacklivesmatter March.”
The committee has met twice, and reviewed a written response by Menefee. The committee unanimously agrees that Menefee was in violation of the following sections of the NPPA Code of Ethics:
- Treat all subjects with respect and dignity. Give special consideration to vulnerable subjects and compassion to victims of crime or tragedy. Intrude on private moments of grief only when the public has an overriding and justifiable need to see.
- Avoid political, civic and business involvements or other employment that compromise or give the appearance of compromising one's own journalistic independence.
His membership has been revoked.