NORTHAMPTON, Mass. — The editor of a Massachusetts newspaper group says he has been fired for seeking pay equity for women in the newsroom, but his publisher says that is not true.

Jeffrey Good in an email to staff Wednesday at the Daily Hampshire Gazette in Northampton, the Greenfield Recorder and the alternative weekly Valley Advocate, said he was fired because he “advocated for transparency and fair pay for our female colleagues.”

Publisher Michael Rifanburg says the decision had nothing to do with efforts to address pay equity issues that he says have been under review since 2016.

He did not give a specific reason for firing Good.

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