The Backstage Closure and The Dramatic Arrest of Newspapermen Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey

There can be a lot of human rights issues that immigrants are facing today. Whether it’s their First Amendment rights being trampled upon by the government or that their civil rights have not been addressed, it’s the activist and heroic actions of their advocates and champions that can help them. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: http://james-larkin.com/ and http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/lacey-larkin-speak-out-on-trump-pardon-of-arpaio-9879938

Without the help of such activists, no reform protecting immigrants and other marginalized citizens would be enacted in the constitution. Today, two of these activists and protectors of civil and human rights are the two veteran journalists behind Front Page Confidential and Backpage.com, Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin.

The Challenge of Backpage

One of the more prominent and latest challenges that Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin are facing is the seizure of their Backpage.com news portal by the Federal Government.

It was seen as an act of direct government censorship, and it was something that should worry every citizen in the United States because it undermines the First Amendment rights of its people. Read more:  Jim Larkin | Crunchbase and Michael Lacey | Twitter

The arrest of Backpage.com’s former owners, Lacey and Larkin, happened last 6 April 2018. Some other execs were included in the arrest, and there was already an initial appearance from Larkin, Lacey and other defendants regarding the case.

The counts accused for them include money laundering, conspiracy and the act of engaging with prostitution online. It should also be added here that the Fed also went to the home of Larkin in Paradise Valley as well as the home Lacey owns that’s located in Sedona.

The Background

People already know that Lacey and Larkin are the active founders of Front Page Confidential and were used to be rulers of a large network of news dailies with alternative news as its main line of content. They’re also part of the growth of the Phoenix New Times in 1970.

The Frontera Fund

Among the many other projects that Larkin and Lacey have invested most of their time in, the Frontera Fund stands out because of the kind of buzz it has attracted all these years. The buzz has started when Former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio had wrongfully arrested Larkin and Lacey because of accusations that they were interfering with a jury court trial.

Larkin and Lacey were detained technically for weeks, and that attracted such a backlash from the media and from the people. To make the long story short, Lacey and Larkin won a settlement money of about $3.5 million and used it to create the Frontera Fund, which is now a social advocacy group protecting human rights of immigrant communities.

It was also seen that Arpaio’s arrest of the Larkin and Lacey that resulted to such settlement money was because of anger. Arpaio was angry for the supposedly scathing bashing of the two veteran newspapermen aganst him in their coverage in the Phoenix New Times.

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