Tell the Tyler Paper to Stop Censoring Abuse in the Chocolate Industry
  • Petitioned Dave Berry

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Dave Berry
President/Publisher, Tyler Paper
Nelson Clyde IV
Managing Editor, Tyler Paper
Brian Pearson

Tell the Tyler Paper to Stop Censoring Abuse in the Chocolate Industry

    1. Timothy Newman
    2. Petition by

      Timothy Newman

      Washington, DC

Right before Valentine's Day, Leigh Vickery wrote an article about the ongoing use of forced, trafficked and child labor in the cocoa industry for the Tyler Paper in Texas. Soon after the article was posted, the Tyler Paper made the decision to remove the article and instead posted an article by the paper's Business Editor that relies only on misleading information from business linked to these abuses. The move by Tyler Paper to silence Leigh's story cannot hide the reality that egregious labor rights abuses continue in the supply chains of many of the biggest chocolate companies. 

Leigh's article is currently posted on the International Labor Rights Forum's blog here.

This is by no means the first time that powerful forces have tried to silence journalists who reveal abuse in the cocoa industry. In July 2010, activists helped secure the release of three journalists in Cote d'Ivoire who reported on an inquiry into corruption in their government's management of the country's cocoa. Now it's time to spring into action again!

Join us in telling Tyler Paper's management to re-post Leigh's article, apologize for censoring her writing and commit to returning to integrity to its reporting.

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Recent signatures


    1. Reached 250 signatures
    2. Tyler Paper Censors Truth About Chocolate Industry Abuse

      Amanda Kloer
      Campaign Director

      Valentine's Day is an opportunity for many people to learn more about how their chocolate is produced. That impulse is what motivated Leigh Vickery to write an article about the well-documented and continued use of forced, trafficked and child labor...

    3. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Chloe Grant LIMOUX, FRANCE
      • over 3 years ago

      There are so many children affected by the violence in Cote d'Ivoire.

      Many children on the streets, some who had been trafficked in the past.

      So much needs to be done in RCI after several years of peace & the start of economic prosperity, the country is back on it's knees & the children are suffering

      Please have a look at C.R.E.E.R & think how you might be able to help us help those children in need

    • Lisa Ace TYLER, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      The addition of Leigh Vickery to the Tyler Paper was like a breath of fresh air. She brought something that we desperately needed as a small town community.... a fresh perspective! I am so embarrassed for the actions taken by the very small minded leaders at the Tyler Paper. I've threatened before, but this is one citizen who will no longer get her news from the paper and will relay on the news and papers from bigger, more open-minded cities.

    • JD Meyer TYLER, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      I'm sorry to hear about this censorship in Tyler--bad publicity for our city. One would think that one of the honorees for Women of the Year in Tyler 2011: Women Mean Business could have gotten away with it. On the other hand, I bet Ghana chocolate is legit! Dr. DuBois moved there to be with Kwame Nkrumah--its first president. Then President Obama gave his speech to Africa from Ghana.

    • Jim Noble TYLER, TX
      • over 3 years ago

      As a long time subscriber, I can say that this action by the Tyler Morning Telegraph is not suprising.

    • Lisa Jones NEW YORK, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      reminds me of the lack of integrity that made me run from Tyler as quick as I could. i grew up in Tyler and only half-jokingly tell people i am a "recovering Tylerite" because it scars someone with a brain. tyler has always been a bastion of small-minded, conservative mindset and this just reminds me why i never respected the local paper because of their overtly ignorant (republican) agenda.....silencing or replacing Vickery is a shockingly transparent step for a paper that should be printing without bias. but that's too much to ask from my hometown, i'm sad to say. SHAME ON TYLER PAPER.....but thanks for reminding me why i can never live in tyler again. once you're in an intelligent, open, opinionated, vibrant setting like the northeast, going back to tyler feels like going to land of stepford wives and ozzie & harriet.


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