December 2, 2023
Alameda County District Attorney Pamela Price Reaffirms Her Commitment To The First Amendment –Allows Emilie Raguso To Attend Press Conferences
Oakland – Berkeley Scanner Editor-in-Chief Emilie Raguso is welcome to attend future press conferences organized by the office of the Alameda County District Attorney. At the time of the DA’s press conference on November 29, 2023, her media credentials were under review.
During several transitions of the DAO communications staff over the summer, the DAO media list was modified and reduced to a limited number of news outlets. Miss Raguso, among others, including the Bay City News Group, was not included in the updated media list, an oversight now being corrected.
District Attorney Pamela Price has a long and distinguished career that includes defending the First Amendment (see Freitag v. Ayers, 468 F.3d 528 (9th Cir. 2006), 127 S.Ct. 1918 (2007); Davis v. Prison Health Services, U.S. District Court Case No. C 09-2629 SI), along with a proven track record of being committed to transparency, demonstrated by creating the first-ever Public Accountability Unit in the District Attorney’s Office.
Now, DA Price is taking the lead on an effort to work with renowned First Amendment and media ethics experts in developing clear and transparent media credentials and guidelines that balance the need for public safety alongside an updated understanding of how the media works today. This critical work is long overdue at the Alameda County District Attorney’s office.
The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office (DAO) is one of California’s largest prosecutors’ offices and is led by Alameda County’s first Black woman District Attorney Pamela Y. Price. Price brings her vision to this office to fairly administer justice in the pursuit of thriving, healthy, and safe communities for every person who steps foot in Alameda County, no matter their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, income, or zip code. Price has been recognized as one of the most progressive prosecutors through her forward-thinking, innovative strategies to interrupt cycles of violence and crime and bring change to a criminal justice system rooted in systemic racism. Follow Madam DA on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook and @AlamedaCountyda on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.