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Petitioning Gazette and 6 others

Reverse your arcane social media policy and defend free speech

Colorado Springs Gazette reporter Barrett Tryon has been placed on unpaid “administrative leave” by his employers for posting an LA Times story on his personal Facebook page. According to Carmen Boles, content director of the Gazette, the Facebook post violated the social media policy of Freedom Co.

Beyond the absurdity of attempted censorship by a newspaper, traditionally an institution that promotes free speech is the issue of employee rights.  Join me in asking the Colorado Springs Gazette to  reverse its arcane social media policy  that tramples on free speech and reinstate with back pay the reporter today!

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Letter to
Director of Content Carmen Boles
Interim Publisher Gene Carr
and 4 others
Vice President of Marketing Liz Cobb -
Web Operations Manager Stephanie Weber
Human Resources
Regional Controller/Regional Director of Financial Planning & Analysis Greg Keirns
I just signed the following petition addressed to: Gazette.

Reverse it's Decision regarding it's social media policy

Colorado Springs Gazette has been a beacon for free speech, informed content and a voice for Colorado Springs. It's a shame that you would censor the rights of your employee.

Please reverse this decision and reinstate the employee immediately and make changes to make sure your social media policy does not infringe on the free speech of your employees ever again.


Andy Szekeres started this petition with a single signature, and now has 133 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.