The Washington Post has put a political reporter on administrative leave after she tweeted a link to a story about rape allegations versus NBA super star Kobe Bryant, who was killed Sunday. Dozens of reporters at the paper slammed the choice.
Press reporter Felicia Sonmez’s tweet Sunday, in the middle of prevalent public mourning over Bryant’s death in a helicopter crash, drew substantial reaction on social media. The Post reported that Somnez received hazards of death and rape and needed to transfer to a hotel after her home address was released online.
The Post stated Somnez erased the original tweet at the demand of a handling editor. She also received an email from managing editor Marty Baron saying: “A genuine absence of judgment to tweet this. Please stop. You’re injuring this institution by doing this.” Somnez shared the email with an Associated Press reporter.
The Post stated Somnez had been put on paid leave while newsroom managers look into the episode. A spokesperson for the newspaper did not react to concerns about Baron’s function.
Members of the Washington Post Newspaper Guild objected Somnez’s suspension. They also kept in mind that Somnez had “received an assault of violent messages” and “has gotten inadequate guidance from the Post on how to secure herself.”
” We comprehend the hours after Bryant’s death Sunday were a laden time to share reporting about previous allegations of sexual attack,” Guild members wrote. “The loss of such a precious figure, and of numerous other lives, is a catastrophe. However we believe it is our responsibility as a wire service to tell the public the entire truth as we understand it– about figures and organizations both popular and unpopular, at moments prompt and unfortunate.
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Somnez’s questionable tweet linked to a 2016 Daily Beast story titled “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Evidence, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.”
Bryant was implicated in 2003 of raping a 19- year-old worker at a Colorado resort. He stated the two had consensual sex, and prosecutors later on dropped the sexual attack charge at the demand of the accuser. The female filed a civil suit versus Bryant that was settled out of court.
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