Group stages boycott at STJ offices

Published 7:51 pm Wednesday, July 28, 2010

A group of about 20 people, some adults but mostly young children, protested for approximately 30 minutes in front of The Selma Times-Journal’s offices on Water Avenue on Wednesday, some carrying signs saying, “Boycott STJ.”

The protest was in response to local attorney Faya Rose Toure’s call for a “boycott” of the newspaper on the talk radio show “A Public Conversation” earlier in the day. Toure is married to Senator Henry “Hank” Sanders, who is listed as the registered agent for WBFZ-FM on the Alabama Secretary of State’s website. “A Public Conversation” is broadcast on WBFZ-FM. Toure said a larger protest of the newspaper is planned Thursday at noon.

Toure addressed the Selma City Council on Tuesday during its meeting, but was escorted from council chambers by law enforcement authorities after her allotted time to address the council expired, and she was declared disruptive.

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Toure’s call for a “boycott” of the newspaper, she claimed on “A Public Conversation,” is due to the newspaper’s bias in reporting her activities during city council proceedings.