The faith and trust in the mainstream media have been decreasing rapidly in the last few years. There has been more than many pieces of evidence available with the people today that the mainstream media has been from time to time, been manipulative and not utterly revealing of the facts to the public. Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey: https://michael-lacey.com/ and https://michael-lacey.com/press/
It has caused the emergence of the alternative media channels across the globe, and in the United States, Village Voice Media is amongst the biggest media publishing houses in the sector of alternative media.
The company is jointly owned by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey who have been working together from their college days. While Jim Larkin handles the business side of the publishing business, Michael Lacey is the chief editor of the publishing house and controls the news and information side.
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have never been afraid of presenting the truth to the people and has gone to lengths to ensure that the facts are presented as they are without any tweaks. It is for this very reason; Larkin and Lacey have often faced heat from specific sectors, including the law enforcement agencies. In Arizona, the Maricopa County Sheriff has been targeting Larkin and Lacey from the very beginning and vice versa. Read more: Michael Lacey | Crunchbase and Jim Larkin | Facebook
Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey have been speaking up against the ruthless exploitation of human rights being carried out in the Tent City jail under the supervision of Joe Arpaio. Larkin and Lacey had leveled many other allegations against Joe Arpaio over the years, which has made the target of the sheriff for a long time.
In the Phoenix New Times, owned and managed by the Village Voice Media, when there was an article published about the grand jury investigation, Maricopa County Sheriff’s tipping end was reached.
He immediately ordered the arrest of Michael Lacey and Jim Larkin from their houses at the middle of the night. There were no legal reasons for their arrest, and even Joe Arpaio knew it well, but he misused his authority and position given by the state to fulfill his vendetta.
Just for doing their work honestly, Jim Larkin and his partner had to spend the next 24 days in jail under very harsh conditions. It was an attack on their constitutional right as well as the public image. Moreover, it was the trauma that they had to go through and suffer for nearly a month in jail that shocked the people across the country.
Immediately after the arrest of Larkin and Lacey, entire nation came together to protest against the misuse of power by Joe Arpaio. Eventually, they had to be released by the sheriff, and the court battle between the state and Larkin and Lacey pursued soon after their release.
Larkin and Lacey were respectfully acquitted from all the false charges leveled against them and were also given the compensation of $3.7 million that they used to start the Frontera Fund. The Frontera Fund is now used to legally and financially support the migrants, immigrants, minorities, and refugees in Arizona and rest of the country.