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    More than 300 newspapers join Globe effort on freedom of the press editorials

    More than 300 news publications across the United States have committed to a Boston Globe-coordinated effort to run editorials Thursday promoting the freedom of the press, in light of President Trump’s frequent attacks on the media.

    Some of the most respected and widely circulated newspapers in the country have committed to taking a stand in their editorial pages, including The New York Times, The Dallas Morning News, The Denver Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Chicago Sun-Times. The list ranges from large metropolitan dailies to small weekly papers with circulations as low as 4,000.

    The Globe initiative comes amid the president’s repeated verbal attacks on journalists, calling mainstream press organizations “fake news” and “the enemy of the American people.” Tensions came to a boil in early August when CNN reporter Jim Acosta walked out of a press briefing after White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders refused to refute Trump’s “enemy of the people” comments.

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    ‘‘We are not the enemy of the people,’’ Marjorie Pritchard, deputy managing editor of the Globe’s opinion page, told the AP last week.

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    The Globe’s request to denounce the “dirty war against the free press” has been promoted by industry groups such as the American Society of News Editors, as well as regional groups like the New England Newspaper and Press Association. The request also suggested editorial boards take a stand against Trump’s words regardless of their politics, or whether they generally editorialized in support of or in opposition to the president’s policies.

    ‘‘Our words will differ. But at least we can agree that such attacks are alarming,’’ the Globe appeal said.

    As of last Friday, 70 newspapers had committed to the initiative. By Tuesday, that number had grown to about 200, and the number jumped again to more than 300 on Wednesday.

    Pritchard previously said the decision to reach out to newspapers was reached after Trump appeared to step up his rhetoric in recent weeks. He called the media “fake, fake disgusting news” at an Aug. 2 rally in Wilkes-Barre, Pa.

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    ‘‘Whatever happened to the free press? Whatever happened to honest reporting?’’ he asked at the rally, pointing to journalists covering the event. ‘‘They don’t report it. They only make up stories.’’

    Pritchard said she hoped the editorials would make an impression on Americans.

    ‘‘I hope it would educate readers to realize that an attack on the First Amendment is unacceptable,’’ she said. ‘‘We are a free and independent press; it is one of the most sacred principles enshrined in the Constitution.’’

    This isn’t the first time the Globe’s opinion board has taken a stand against Trump and his policies. In April 2016, while Trump was still campaigning for president, the Globe’s opinion page ran a scathing editorial in its Sunday edition, accompanied by a satirical front page envisioning an America under a Trump presidency. Trump called the Globe “stupid” and “worthless” that Sunday during a rally in New York.

    The following is a list, updated Wednesday afternoon, of news organizations that have committed to running editorials on Aug. 16:

    Akron Beacon Journal

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    Albuquerque Journal

    Alpena News

    American News

    Ames Tribune

    Anderson Observer

    Anniston Star

    Arizona Daily Star

    Arizona Daily Sun

    Athens News

    Athol Daily News

    Atlantic City Weekly

    Austin American Statesman

    Baltimore Sun

    Bangor Daily News

    Beaverton Valley Times

    Berkshire Eagle, Bennington Banner, Brattleboro Reformer, Manchester Journal

    Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International

    Bismarck Tribune

    Bluff Country Newspaper Group (six separate newspapers)

    Boise Weekly

    Boston Business Journal

    Bozeman Chronicle

    Bristol Herald Courier

    Brockton Enterprise

    Brunswick News

    Bucks County Courier Times

    Burlington County Times

    Cannon Beach Gazette

    Cape Cod Chronicle

    Cape Cod Times

    Cape Cod Times

    CapeCodWave.com

    Center for Public Integrity

    Chagrin Valley Times

    Chicago Sun Times

    Chico News and Review

    Chronicle Express

    Chronicle-Telegram

    Cincinnati City Beat

    Citizen Chronicle

    Citrus County Chronicle

    Coachella Valley Independent

    Columbian Progress

    Columbus Dispatch

    Commercial News

    Commercial Review

    Commonwealth Journal

    Concord Monitor

    Connersville News-Examiner

    Courier Sentinel

    Crawford County Independent

    Daily Free Press

    Daily Globe

    Daily Hampshire Gazette

    Daily Herald

    Daily Ledger

    Daily News

    Daily Times

    Dallas News

    Dalles Chronicle

    Darien Times

    Daytona Beach News-Journal

    Deadline Detroit

    Deerfield Valley News

    Denton Record-Chronicle

    Denver Post

    Des Moines Register

    Detroit Free Press

    DeWitt Observer

    Dixon’s Independent Voice

    Dodgeville Chronicle

    Duluth News Tribune

    Dyersville Commercial, Manchester Press, and Cascade Pioneer

    Eau Claire Leader-Telegram

    Echo Press

    Edgefield Advertiser

    El Diario

    Erie Times News

    Essex Media Group

    Estacada News

    Eugene Weekly

    Examiner Media: The Examiner, White Plains Examiner, Northern Westchester Examiner, Putnam Examiner

    Falls City Journal

    Farmington Daily Times

    Fayette Advocate

    Fenimore Times

    Finger Lakes Times

    Folio weekly

    Forest Grove News-Times

    Forum Home

    Francesville Tribune

    Freeman South Dakota Editorial

    Fresno Bee

    Fulton County News

    Garden City News

    Garretson Gazette

    Gaston Gazette

    Gettysbrug Times

    Glasgow Daily Times

    Grant County Herald

    Greenboro Reporter

    Greenwood Commonwealth

    Gresham Outlook

    Griggs County Courier and Steel County Press

    Grosse Pointe News

    Hardwick Gazette

    Hartford Courant

    Highlands News Sun

    Hillsboro Free Press

    Hillsboro Tribune

    Holland Sentinel

    Honolulu Civil Beat

    Hood River News

    Houghton Lake Resorter

    Houston Chronicle

    Idyllwild Town Crier

    Insider NJ

    Islip Bulletin and Long Island Advance and Suffolk County News

    Jackson Citizen Patriot

    Jamestown Sun

    Jennings Daily News

    Jersey Journal

    Johnson Newspaper Corp. (five dailies and 12 weeklies)

    Journal Opinion

    Journal Star of Peoria

    Journal-Times

    Kalamazoo Gazette

    Kansas City Star

    Keene Sentinel

    Kennebac Journal

    Kenosha News

    Kokomo Tribune

    La Opinión

    Lake Geneva Regional News

    Lake Oswego Review

    Lakeville Journal and Millerton News

    Lawrence Journal World

    Leader-News

    LNP Lancaster online

    Long Beach Post

    Longview News Journal

    Los Alamos Daily Post

    Machias Valley News Observe

    Mackinack Island Town Crier

    Madras Pioneer

    Martha’s Vineyard Times

    McCluskey Gazette

    Metro West Daily News and Milford Daily News

    Miami Herald

    Milton Times

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

    Minneapolis Star Tribune

    Montevideo American-News

    Morgan County News

    Morning Sentinel

    Morrisons Cove Herald

    Mountrail County Promoter

    Nantucket Inquirer and Mirror

    Nashville Scene

    New York Daily News

    New York Times

    Newport This Week

    News and Tribune

    News Times

    Nieman Foundation

    North Carolina Health News

    North Coast Journal

    North Shore News Group (six community newspapers)

    Northwest Michigan Voice

    Northwest Michigan Voice

    Observer Reporter

    Oklahoman

    Omaha World-Herald

    Orange County Register

    Park Rapids Enterprise

    Patriot Ledger

    Philadelphia Inquirer

    Plympton-Halifax Express

    Portland Press Herald

    Progress Index

    Providence Journal

    Provincetown Banner

    QNS. Queens Courier, Ridgewood Times

    Ransom County Gazette and The Sargent County Teller

    Rapid City Journal

    Rappahannock News (Washington, Va.)

    InsideNoVa.com (Northern Virginia’s leading news web site

    Rawlins County Square Deal

    Real Change News

    Record Journal

    Register Mail

    Review

    Richmond Register

    Ripon Press

    Rochester City News

    Rochester City News

    Rockford Register Star

    Roswell Daily Record

    S. Florida Sun Sentinel

    Sag Harbor Express

    Salina Journal

    San Antonio Express

    San Diego Tribune

    San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times

    Sandy Post

    Sante Fe New Mexican

    Seaford and Laurel Stars

    (Morningstar Publications)

    Seward Independent (four publications)

    Siuslaw News

    SizingUpTheSouth.com, (Society of Professional Journalists - Region 3)

    SLO Tribune

    South Bend Tribune

    Springfield Republican

    St. Ignace News

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Star Democrat

    Star News

    Star News

    State Journal Register

    Steele Ozone and Kidder County Press

    Storm Lake Times

    Sun

    Sun Journal

    Swift County Monitor

    ”Swift County Monitor-News, Benson, MN

    Grant County Herald, Elbow Lake, MN

    Tampa Bay Times

    Telegram and Gazette

    The (Houma, La.) Courier and the (Thibodaux, La.) Daily Comet

    The Altamont Enterprise Albany County Post

    The Ann Arbor News

    The Bay City Times

    The Bedford Record-Review

    The Black Voice News

    The Brunswick Beacon

    The Butler County Times-Gazette

    The Canton Repository

    The Chronicle

    The Commons

    The Courier

    The Courier-Times (New Castle)

    The Culpeper Times (Culpeper, Va.)

    The Daily Advance

    The Daily Item

    The Daily Reflector

    The Day

    The Fayetteville Observer

    The Flint Journal

    The Gazette

    The Grand Rapids Press

    The Guadalupe County Communicator

    The Herald

    The Herald Democrat

    The Herald Journal

    The Herald-Times

    The Hub City Post

    The Hull Times

    The Intelligencer

    The Jefferson Chronicle

    The Journal News/lohud.com

    The Morehead News

    The Muskegon Chronicle

    The News Enterprise

    The News Herald

    The North Coast Journal

    The North Scott Press

    The Oakridger

    The Plymouth Review

    The Portland Tribune

    The Press Democrat

    The Queens Courier and Ridgewood Times

    The River Reporter

    The Saginaw News

    The Sentinel of Gloucester County

    The Shelbyville News

    The Slidell Independent

    the Standard

    The Star News

    The Sylva Herald

    The Taos News

    The Three Rivers Commercial-News

    The Times

    The Times Tribune

    The Town and Country Weekly

    The Wave

    Times Herald Record

    Times of North Little Rock

    Times Standard

    Times Tribune

    Tomahawk Leader

    Topeka Capital-Journal

    Trentonian

    Triad City Beat

    Tucson Sentinel

    Tulsa Voice

    Tulsa World

    Union County Leader

    Valencia News Bulletin

    Van Buren County Democrat

    Wanderer

    Wapakoneta Daily News

    Warwick Beacon

    Wellesley Report

    West Linn Tidings

    Whitman-Hanson Express

    Whitman-Hanson Express/ Plympton-Halifax Express

    Wilsonville Spokesman

    Wisconsin Gazette

    Woodburn Independent

    Yankton County Observer

    Yellow Springs News

    YourArlington.com

    This story was updated at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

    Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.