The Newspaper Guild, representing 26,000 media-workers across the country, will be joining Visual Arts Source publisher Bill Lasarow in his boycott of the Huffington Post. In a statement released last week declaring the boycott, the guild announced, “We feel it is unethical to expect trained and qualified professionals to contribute quality content for nothing. It is unethical to cannibalize the investment of other organizations that bear the cost of compensation and other overhead without payment for the usage of their content. It is extremely unethical to not merely blur but eradicate the distinction between the independent and informed voice of news and opinion and the voice of a shill.”

The guild is asking writers to stop contributing to HuffPo for free and for readers to avoid crossing the “electronic picket line” by visiting the site. Like Lasarow, the guild demands a pay schedule for all bloggers, as well as that “paid promotional material must no longer be posted alongside editorial content.”

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