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Malheur County’s economic development director urged to stop attacks on local newspaper

Greg Smith, director of the Malheur County Economic Development Department. (The Enterprise/file)

A national group of journalists has called on Malheur County’s economic development director to stop attacks on the Malheur Enterprise, condemning his actions in response to critical reporting by the newspaper.

The Society of Professional Journalists, meeting in Texas at its annual national convention, unanimously passed a resolution Saturday, Sept. 7, in support of the Enterprise.

The resolution was an extraordinary national rebuke of Greg Smith, who has served as the county’s economic development director since 2013 and also is a Republican state representative from Heppner.

The association’s resolution chided Smith for attempts at “silencing the Enterprise.”

Smith didn’t respond to written questions about the resolution, which was provided to him.

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