Felicia Sonmez, Washington Post reporter who in recent days she has been at the center of a debate on the organization’s social policies and editorial culture, she was fired on Thursday, according to an expert on the subject who intervened on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel issues.
In an e-mailed dismissal letter, which was seen by the New York Times, Ms. Sonmez was told that The Post would terminate her job, effective immediately, “for misconduct that includes insubordination, defamation of your colleagues online and violation of the Post standards on collegiality and inclusiveness in the workplace “.
The email also said that Ms. Sonmez’s “public attempts to question the motives of her co-journalists” have undermined the Post’s reputation.
“We cannot allow you to continue working as a reporter representing the Washington Post,” the letter said.
Reached by email, Ms Sonmez declined to comment. Her internal Slack account was disabled Thursday afternoon, according to a screenshot viewed by the New York Times.
Ms. Sonmez, national political journalist, South the newspaper and several major publishers in 2021, claiming it discriminated against her by banning her from covering stories of sexual assault after she publicly identified herself as a victim of assault. The case was rejected in March, and Ms. Sonmez’s attorney at the time said she intended to appeal.
In the past week, she has been at the center of a public firestorm on editorial culture. On Friday, Dave Weigel, a political reporter for the paper, retweeted a sexist joke that women were bisexual or bipolar. Ms. Sonmez then tweeted: “Great to work in a news organization where retweets like this are allowed!” Mr. Weigel apologized for the tweet and was subsequently suspended from The Post for a month.
In the following days, Ms. Sonmez wrote a series of Twitter posts about The Post’s editorial culture and said that the uneven way of her social media policy was applied to several journalists. She sometimes shoved other reporters at The Post on Twitter.
Sally BuzbeeThe Post executive director later wrote two memos to the editorial team asking colleagues not to attack each other on social media.
“The editorial’s social media policy specifically indicates the need for collegiality,” Ms. Buzbee wrote in an email Tuesday.
Benjamin Mullin contributed reportage.
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