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Tech columnist settles over firing.

The San Francisco Chronicle settled with its former technology columnist Henry Norr on Jan. 5 over the paper's dismissal over Norr in April 2003, after he was among several protestors arrested during a rally held against the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Terms of the settlement were private.

While agreeing to the terms, Norr said in a story printed in The Chronicle: "Because I didn't violate the ethics policy The Chronicle had in place at the time, it is clear I was fired because of my political views--my opposition to the war in Iraq and Israel's occupation of Palestine. That is unfair, and it is a clear violation of California and San Francisco law, not to mention basic democratic principles. I think I'm entitled to my job back, and my politics wouldn't prevent me from covering technology effectively in the future, any more than they did in the past."

In the same story, Chronicle Managing Editor Robert J. Rosenthal denied the newspaper broke any laws or violated any rules.

"The issue here was never about personal political beliefs, but rather about The Chronicle's commitment to its readers to serve as a trustworthy and objective news source. To that end, the paper requires its journalists to abide by an ethical code that includes the avoidance of the appearance of a conflict in the ability to report events without bias."

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Publication:The Quill
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Date:Mar 1, 2004
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