Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin, the former owners of the Phoenix New Times, have left their rolls at the newspaper to start The Frontera Fund and Front Page Confidential.
The two journalists were able to do this due to a 3.75 million dollar lawsuit settlement. In 2007, after the journalists published information concerning the illegal activities of then-Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the two were unlawfully arrested. This event led to the lawsuit and their eventual win.
By founding a new newspaper, one that will focus on social injustices, the duo intend to make sure a United State’s citizen’s first amendment rights are never violated like theirs were. Lacey and Larkin themselves had to go through the struggle of maintaining their first amendment rights, now they want to assist the average citizen as well. Their new paper, Front Page Confidential, hosts content relating to politics, social issues, civil rights and immigration.
Larkin and Lacey are not just fighting for freedom of speech and freedom of the press. That is where The Frontera Fund comes in. By using their new chariable organization, the former New Times journalists hope to help fight for migrant-rights in Arizona.
The initial investigative journalism by the Phoenix New Times against Joe Arpaio was orchestrated because of Arpaio’s racist history concerning foreigners and immigrants. Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin want to do everything in their power to make sure immigrants are not oppressed by men like Joe Arpaio.