https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/24/media/as … index.html
More than 100 employees at the Associated Press have signed an open letter calling for more information about the recent firing of 22-year-old journalist Emily Wilder.
Wilder's ouster, and the newswire's lack of candor about its cause, has caused a rare uproar inside the storied news organization.
Monday's open letter said the lack of communication about Wilder's firing "gives us no confidence that any one of us couldn't be next, sacrificed without explanation. It has left our colleagues — particularly emerging journalists — wondering how we treat our own, what culture we embrace and what values we truly espouse as a company."
Wilder was fired last week after just two weeks on the job. In a statement on Saturday, Wilder said she is "one victim to the asymmetrical enforcement of rules around objectivity and social media that has censored so many journalists -- particularly Palestinian journalists and other journalists of color -- before me."
Before joining the AP, Wilder was an active member of pro-Palestinian groups at her college. She was a proponent of Palestinian human rights and a critic of the Israeli government. She is Jewish. And she is a believer in journalism. She joined the Phoenix bureau of the AP after ten months at The Arizona Republic. "I was proud to land a job at the AP," she said.
So no one not even the lady knows why the AP decided to fire her. Right wingers were making a big deal about her past working for a pro-Palestinian group at college before the firing though.
In other censorship news:
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/24/tech … cians.html
Florida on Monday became the first state to regulate how companies like Facebook, YouTube and Twitter moderate speech online, by imposing fines on social media companies that permanently bar political candidates in the state.
The law, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis, is a direct response to Facebook’s and Twitter’s bans of former President Donald J. Trump in January. In addition to the fines for barring candidates, it makes it illegal to prevent some news outlets from posting to their platforms in response to the contents of their stories.
The Florida law makes it illegal to bar a candidate for state office for more than 14 days, in a move that would seem to outlaw the kind of permanent ban the social media platforms applied to Mr. Trump’s accounts. Companies would be fined $250,000 per day for cases where they barred a candidate for statewide office. The fine is lower for candidates seeking other offices.
The obvious gay governor of Florida
is going to put his state through a costly legal battle with Facebook in order to score political points. It's a shame that both Facebook and Florida can't lose in this battle. Still it would be funny if Facebook decided to just pull the plug on providing services to Florida in response. That would really test just how committed to culture war people in Florida are when they lose facebook access. But of course a corporation flexing on a state isn't good for anyone regardless of who that state is made up of.