By Alexander C. Kaufman
Dec 27 (Reuters) - Three days after a New York newspaper
published the names and addresses of licensed gun owners in
Westchester and Rockland counties, gun rights advocates and
privacy activists struck back.
Two bloggers published the names, addresses and other
contact information for some of the the Journal News's staff in
an effort to "keep up the heat," as one online scribe put it.
"Editor Cyndee Royle defends her decision and in fact sounds
quite smug about it," wrote blogger Christopher Fountain, who
published a detailed list of the paper's employees. "Her paper
is apparently still trying to obtain, and publish, information
on how many guns, and their type, are registered to each owner,
presumably to make shopping easier for gun thieves."
The Journal News published the gun owners' information on
Monday. In its report, it said it would also publish license
information from gun owners in neighboring Putnam County at a
later date, but officials there were still processing a public
Royle appears to be Fountain's main focus. He included
photos of her with her family, the car she drives, various
Facebook and Twitter accounts and a home phone number.
Fountain also posted information for Gracia Martore, the CEO
of Gannett, which owns the Journal News.
Another blogger, Robert Cox, went further.
Imitating the interactive Google map that the Journal News
assembled with all the gun owners' addresses marked - making it
easier for readers to see which neighbors owned guns on their
block - he mapped out the homes of newspaper staffers.
"Being included in this map does not mean the individual at
a specific location is a responsible reporter or editor, just
that they are a reporter or editor," Cox wrote.
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