'We will not be terrorized,' CNN's Acosta says in accepting journalism award

'We will not be terrorized,' CNN's Acosta says in accepting journalism award
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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta said Friday that the network will not allow itself to be "terrorized," days after an explosive device was mailed to its New York office. 

Acosta made the comments in a tweet after accepting the Hearst Award for excellence in professional journalism at San Jose State University. 

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"I dedicated the award to all of my fellow journalists at @CNN," Acosta said. "As I told the crowd, we will not be terrorized. The events of this week have put steel in our spines." 

Acosta's comments came during a week in which a series of explosive devices and suspicious packages were sent to prominent Democratic figures, such as former President Obama and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonTrump trade deal likely to sow division in Democratic presidential field Trump supporters at Pa. rally 'upset' after Democrats introduce impeachment articles Hillary Clinton documentary to premiere at Sundance MORE, as well as to CNN's New York offices.

The Justice Department announced Friday that it had arrested a Florida man in connection with the suspicious packages. Cesar Sayoc Jr., a 56-year-old resident of Aventura, Fla., was charged with five federal crimes and faces up to 48 years in prison. 

Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsLisa Page sues DOJ, FBI over alleged privacy violations Sessions leads GOP Senate primary field in Alabama, internal poll shows Trump rebukes FBI chief Wray over inspector general's Russia inquiry MORE said the alleged perpetrator "appears to be a partisan" during a press conference, but declined to comment further. Many have seized on a white van allegedly belonging to Sayoc that was draped in political stickers, including one that read, "CNN Sucks,” alongside various pro-Trump stickers.

CNN Worldwide President Jeff Zucker on Wednesday said President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE's frequents attacks on the media played a factor in the explosives being sent to CNN and other recipients of the packages. 

"There is a total and complete lack of understanding at the White House about the seriousness of their continued attacks on the media," Zucker said in a statement.

His statement has been echoed by multiple journalists who work at the network.