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Wall Street Journal Pulitzer Prize Winners Encouraged To Oppose Murdoch Bid

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The Wall Street Journal’s Pulitzer Prize winners are being courted by a campaign to oppose News Corp’s bid for Dow Jones & Co, according to a source within the newspaper. The prize winning journalists are being asked to sign a letter opposing the bid. It is unclear whether the letter would include signatures from only Pulitzer Prize winners currently working at the Journal, or include the larger group of reporters who won while at the Journal who have since left. In the past ten years, the Journal and its reporters have won over a dozen Pulitzer Prizes.
The letter would resemble those that sometimes appear on matters of public concern signed by leading members of various academic or scientific communities. Recently a group of prominent physicists, including several Nobel laureates, sent a letter to US lawmakers urging measures to restrict the use of nuclear weapons by the United States. The WSJ Pulitzer letter would encourage the board of directors of Dow Jones, or possibly the members of the Bancroft family who control the company through their Class B shares (which have ten times the voting power of ordinary shares), to oppose the bid from News Corp to acquire the company, the source claimed.
It is not clear who is organizing the campaign, and DealBreaker has not yet obtained a copy of the proposed letter. Last week DealBreaker broke the news that Jesse Drucker, a Journal reporter and union representative, was encouraging colleagues to protest the deal by writing letters to three members of the Bancroft family who sit on the board of directors.
A List of the Wall Street Journal's Pulitzer Prizes [Wall Street Journal]