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Walmart Drops Hang-a-Journalist Shirt

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By    |   Friday, 01 December 2017 12:28 PM

Walmart has dropped a shirt that alludes to hanging a journalist from its website following complaints from a journalist advocacy group, Time reported.

The shirt featured the words "Rope. Tree. Journalist. Some assembly required" and was listed for sale on the retailer's website through third-party seller Teespring, which allows people to post their own shirt designs.

It was not long before the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) caught wind of the designs and lodged a formal complaint to Walmart, requesting that the sale of the shirts be halted immediately.

"Nearly three dozen journalists have been physically assaulted so far this year across the country merely for performing their Constitutionally-guaranteed duty to seek and report the truth," RTDNA Executive Director Dan Shelley said in a letter of complaint.

He further noted that "at least 48 journalists have been killed in other countries around the world thus far in 2017."

Shelley said the T-shirt design served to "inflame the passions of those who either don't like, or don't understand, the news media," and "openly encourage violence targeting journalists."

RTDNA noted that Walmart responded by removing the shirt from its website within 24 hours of receiving the complaint, and that Teespring.com had since removed it from its site as well.

In a statement to CBS News, a Walmart spokesperson said, "The item was sold by a third-party seller on our marketplace and clearly violates our policy."

The statement further noted that the shirt was removed and the retail giant was "conducting a thorough review of the seller's assortment."

The shirt made an appearance last year at a campaign rally for Donald Trump, Time noted.

RTDNA said the design since gained notoriety and more people were spotted wearing it at campaign rallies and in public places.

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