A man with a grudge against the Capital Gazette of Annapolis, Md., opened fire at the newspaper Thursday, killing four journalists and a sales assistant. Jarrod W. Ramos, 38, of Laurel, Md., was charged with five counts of murder and held without bail. Neither the reporter nor the editor behind the story that fueled Ramos’ rage still works for the paper, whose editor stated after the shootings, “There are no 40-hour weeks, no big paydays — just a passion for telling stories from our community.” Police termed the massacre “a targeted attack” on the newspaper, and the killings have brought renewed attention to statements made by President Donald Trump in which he declared the media “the enemy of the American people.” The Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C., issued a statement Friday condemning “the recent anti-media rhetoric (that) creates an enabling environment for violence against journalists.”
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