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Local Alabama newspaper publisher, reporter arrested for reporting confidential grand jury information

The publisher of an Alabama newspaper was arrested, along with a reporter, last week after authorities accused them of publishing an article that exposed information about a grand jury probe involving the local school system. The situation raised the eyebrows of press-freedom advocates, but details remain scant, and the publisher has since been arrested for a second time. 

Atmore News owner Sherry Digmon, who is also a member of the local school board, and reporter Donald Fletcher were arrested last week. They were charged by the Escambia County district attorney with revealing grand-jury proceedings, which is a felony in Alabama

Last month, Atmore News published an article alleging the Escambia County Board of Education had received a subpoena seeking information about bonuses paid from pandemic relief funds. A follow-up piece reported that authorities seized the phones of school board members, including Digmon, who voted against renewing the school superintendent’s contract. It’s unclear what specific information about the grand jury the paper is accused of publishing. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Brian Flood is a media editor/reporter for FOX News Digital. Story tips can be sent to brian.flood@fox.com and on Twitter: @briansflood. 

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