Following an uproar over the suspension of Washington Submit reporter Felicia Sonmez concerning her Twitter posts within the wake of Kobe Bryant’s dying, the outlet has now dominated that she didn’t violate its social media coverage.
Not lengthy after information circulated of Bryant’s dying in a helicopter crash on Sunday, Sonmez posted on Twitter a hyperlink to a 2016 Each day Beast story together with its headline, “Kobe Bryant’s Disturbing Rape Case: The DNA Proof, the Accuser’s Story, and the Half-Confession.” She later tweeted that she had obtained “abuse and dying threats” for posting a hyperlink to the straight-news story.
The Submit then positioned her on administrative depart so it may assessment “whether or not tweets in regards to the dying of Kobe Bryant violated The Submit newsroom’s social media coverage. The tweets displayed poor judgment that undermined the work of her colleagues.“
The transfer drew sharp criticism from reporters, together with The Submit media critic Erik Wemple, who referred to as it “misguided,” and the Washington Submit Guild, which launched a letter in solidarity of Sonmez, signed by more than 300 Post staffers.
On Tuesday afternoon, Washington Submit Stay communications basic supervisor Kristine Coratti Kelly tweeted out the next assertion from the outlet, attributing it to Washington Submit managing editor Tracy Grant:
“After conducting an inner assessment, we’ve got decided that, whereas we take into account Felicia’s tweets ill-timed, she was not in clear and direct violation of our social media coverage. Reporters on social media signify The Washington Submit, and our coverage states ‘we should be ever aware of preserving the repute of The Washington Submit for journalistic excellence, equity and independence.’ We constantly urge restraint, which is especially essential when there are tragic deaths. We remorse having spoken publicly a couple of personnel matter.”
The assertion didn’t explicitly tackle whether or not Sonmez’s suspension had been instantly lifted. Coratti Kelly didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.