PCC Superintendent/President makes statement on the importance of unfettered access of the media
PASADENA, Sept. 15, 2020—Today, Dr. Erika Endrijonas, superintendent/president of Pasadena City College, offered the following statement:
“We learned over the weekend that KPCC reporter Josie Huang was injured and arrested by Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies while she was performing her duties as a credentialed member of the media.
“This violence against our community is shocking to everyone at the Pasadena Area Community College District on at least two different levels. First, in our capacity as the Federal Communications Commission licensee for KPCC-FM, we are angered that one of our partner reporters was treated with such disregard by law enforcement.
“We hope Josie is not seriously harmed from the encounter and will recover completely to continue her important work. We applaud L.A. County Inspector General Max Huntsman for swiftly initiating an investigation and call on his office to complete a thorough and fearless review of the Sheriff’s actions in this case.
“More fundamentally, the right of a free press to collect and disseminate information for the public is a core belief of our American identity. The students, faculty, and staff at Pasadena City College strive to honor the ideals set forth in the Constitution.
“We condemn all actions that run contrary to those freedoms, and stand strong with journalists and all others who inform our community.”