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The White House Kobe Bryant: Washington Post reporter renewed after tweet row


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The White House Kobe Bryant: Washington Post reporter renewed after tweet row

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Managing editor Tracy Grant said Sonmez’s tweets were “ill-timed” but did not break the paper’s social media policy The Washington Post has reinstated a reporter who tweeted about historic sexual allegations against Kobe Bryant soon after his death.Felicia Sonmez posted a link to a 2016 article about the allegations,…

The White House Kobe Bryant: Washington Post reporter renewed after tweet row

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Handling editor Tracy Grant stated Sonmez’s tweets were “ill-timed” however did not break the paper’s social networks policy.

The Washington Post has actually renewed a press reporter who tweeted about historic sexual accusations against Kobe Bryant not long after his death.

Felicia Sonmez posted a link to a 2016 article about the accusations, and received death hazards online.

She was later on suspended over the tweets – prompting numerous her coworkers to condemn the paper.

Managing editor Tracy Grant called the posts “ill-timed”, but stated they did not break the paper’s policies.

” We consistently advise restraint, which is especially crucial when there are awful deaths,” her statement read “We are sorry for having actually spoken publicly about a personnel matter.”

More than 300 Washington Post employees signed a letter in assistance of Ms Sonmez on Tuesday, consisting of Pulitzer Reward winners David Fahrenthold and Beth Reinhard, and White Home Bureau Chief Philip Rucker.

The Washington Post Guild welcomed the decision to restore the press reporter, although stated it was “disappointed” that the paper did not apologise to Sonmez and stated the business ought to prioritise personnel safety in the future.

And Sonmez herself contacted primary editor Marty Baron to explain why the paper handled the issue as it did, and worried that she had actually tweeted about “a matter of public record”.

Baron composed an email to Sonmez after the tweets stating she had shown “a genuine lack of judgement”, and stating she was “injuring this organization by doing this”.

Sonmez tweeted a 2016 Daily Monster story about the rape allegations against Kobe Bryant simply hours after the basketball legend passed away in a helicopter crash that killed nine people – including his 13- year-old daughter Gianna.

Over the course of a 20- year career Bryant won 5 NBA champions and 2 Olympic Gold medals, and is considered among the greatest players in the history of the sport.

In 2003, Bryant was implicated of sexual assault by a 19- year-old lady. The case was dropped after she refused to affirm in court. She had actually received death threats after a clerical mistake saw her name published online

Bryant consistently rejected the claims however later apologised and settled a civil case out of court.

In a statement delivered by his legal representative on the day the criminal case was dropped, Bryant apologised to the woman, adding that he comprehended “how she feels that she did not approval to this encounter”.

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