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Felicia Sonmez breaks silence on Twitter, says she and Washington Post Guild are ‘fighting’ to get her job back


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Felicia Sonmez, the fired Washington Post reporter who lashed out at her employer and colleagues, broke her silence on Twitter and revealed she was “fighting” to get her job back.

Sonmez had gone radio silent since being fired last month for insubordination after continuing to attack other Post reporters online despite several memos from her boss Sally Buzbee calling for civility.

On Friday, she provided an update, telling her Twitter followers she was “doing fine” and shared a photo of her cat.

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“Oh and @PostGuild and I are fighting to get my work back,” Sonmez wrote. “This is an internal process and will likely be a long slog, but I will share any (if any) updates here. Thank you once again to everyone who has sent love and support. It means so much. “

A Washington Post spokesperson declined to comment.

The drama began when Sonmez sued fellow Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel for retweeting a joke critics deemed sexist while blowing up the paper.

“Fantastic to work in a medium where retweets like this are allowed!” Sonmez reacted.

Weigel was suspended for a month without pay despite deleting the retweet and issuing an apology.

However, Sonmez’s tweets berating his colleague continued and began to receive a public backlash from at least two colleagues, reporters Jose A. Del Real and Lisa Rein, whom Sonmez then attacked.

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After Buzbee urged the staff to respect each other, several prominent Post reporters expressed solidarity with the paper, all of whom were mocked by Sonmez.

After six days of constant viral warfare against colleagues and the post office, Sonmez was fired.

Her silence on Twitter had previously fueled speculation among critics that she might relaunch her discrimination lawsuit against The Post after it was dismissed by the court.

Felicia Sonmez has been fired by the Washington Post following a series of viral attacks on her colleagues.
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The Washington Post unveiled its updated social media policy to staff Thursday after the viral turmoil the newspaper has faced.

“A Post reporter’s use of social media must not harm the editorial integrity or journalistic reputation of The Post,” reads the memo obtained by Fox News, “Your association with The Post gives you a broad platform and can bring you a blue tick and add With that comes our collective responsibility to protect that integrity and reputation.These tips apply to content you post or amplify – such as in a retweet, like or share – on any digital platform.

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The second directive stressed that Post journalists “should ensure that their activity on social media platforms would not cause reasonable persons to question their editorial independence, or to question The Post’s ability to cover problems fairly”.

Felicia Sonmez breaks silence on Twitter, says she and Washington Post Guild are ‘fighting’ to get her job back

Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel has been suspended after retweeting someone else’s joke that made fun of women
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The memo stresses that it is “not appropriate” to use social media to “advocate for causes, government policies, or political or judicial outcomes.” The guidelines also urged reporters to “avoid retaining ‘content’ that suggests you have a partisan view on an issue covered by The Post”, noting that columnists and critics are exempt.

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“Before you post a story on social media, consider whether it compromises our newsroom’s mission to prioritize fact-finding,” the third tip pleaded. “Ask yourself if it would be harmful for your post to be associated with The Post. Ask yourself if the words or images you use – particularly if your post includes offensive content – ​​will damage The Post’s journalistic reputation to report the news fairly, accurately and without bias If the answer to any of these questions is yes, do not post.

The fourth directive, which called on Post reporters to be “civil” and to “treat people with respect,” echoed memos previously released by Buzbee during the Sonmez Twitter bloodbath.

Felicia Sonmez breaks silence on Twitter, says she and Washington Post Guild are ‘fighting’ to get her job back

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The Post warned employees that they cannot “publicly disclose internal discussions or communications regarding editorial issues such as coverage plans, story reporting, and decisions to publish or not publish.”

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Other guidelines listed included staff not using their association with The Post for “personal benefit or private gain”, protecting journalists from harassment as a “top priority” and that “standards editors and the Associate News Operations Editor are responsible, in conjunction with newsroom management, for ensuring that these guidelines are followed.”


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