News workers from across the country stood up Thursday in support of Pulitzer-winning DFM reporters.

Members of the Bay Area News Group newsroom staff, winners of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of the deadly Ghost Ship Fire, publicly denounced their corporate owner’s business practices Thursday.

Thomas Peele speaking to reporters at Oakland rally | Karl Mondon

Journalists including Thomas Peele, Harry Harris, Matthias Gafni, David DeBolt, Erin Baldassari, Aaron Davis, Karl Mondon and Ray Chavez gathered outside the Oakland offices of the East Bay Times and issued a statement condemning the ongoing layoffs and other cutbacks by Digital First Media and its majority owner, Alden Global Capital.

It appears to be the first public protest of its kind, in which members of a Pulitzer Prize winning team have gone public in denouncing the anti-journalism policies of their own employer.

Bay Area News Group reporter Thomas Peele delivers a statement from reporters at the Oakland rally. Read the statement from the Pulitzer winners.

Bay Area News Group reporter George Kelly speaking to the press at the Oakland rally.