WaPo reporters revolt over suspension of colleague for Kobe Bryant ‘rape case’ tweet

WaPo reporters revolt over suspension of colleague for Kobe Bryant ‘rape case’ tweet
Kobe Bryant (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – We rarely agree with staffers at the WaPo, but their point in his instance is wel taken.]

Reporters at the Washington Post have demanded the newspaper provide protection for a journalist who was suspended after she tweeted a link on Sunday to a years-old story about rape allegations against Kobe Bryant just hours after the basketball legend and his daughter were killed in a helicopter crash.

The reporters, all members of the newspaper’s union, defended political reporter Felicia Sonmez, who said she has received death threats after posting the tweets.

‘Felicia received an onslaught of violent messages, including threats that contained her home address, in the wake of a tweet Sunday regarding Kobe Bryant,’ the Washington Post Newspaper Guild wrote on behalf of the reporters in a letter to Marty Baron, the newspaper’s editor and Tracy Grant, managing editor for staff development and standards.

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The union protested against Sonmez being placed on administrative leave while newsroom leadership reviewed the paper’s social media policy.

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