The Philadelphia Public Record says it has fired the employee responsible for the racist photo caption that accompanied a picture of a group of Asians.
“For your info, the individual responsible has been fired,” publisher Jim Tayound told iMediaEthics by email. “We have a long history of support to the Chinese American communities in Philadelphia. Formal Apology will appear in Thursday’s edition.”
“In the end, I’m responsible because I didn’t read the cutlines like I should have,” he told the Asian American Journalists Association.
The newspaper issued a formal apology online today.
“We accept the apology from Public Record Publisher Jimmy Tayoun Sr., and we applaud him for issuing a correction online and pledging to publish one in print,” AAJA said in a statement on Tuesday.
“While we at MediaWatch did not ask for disciplinary action, we acknowledge Tayoun’s extraordinary step in firing the person involved in the incident.”