America’s Associated Press sacks journalist for tweeting in favor of Palestine
American journalist Emily Wilder’s short stint as a news associate came to an end with The Associated Press news agency for her being vocal against the Israeli atrocities and war crimes in Palestine.
She wrote a long note about the decision of the AP’s firing her from her position. She said that the Stanford College Republicans launched a smear campaign against her trying to “expose” her already public history of activism for Palestinian human rights at the Stanford University.
The journalist said that she had already told her editors about that and she was reassured that she would not face any punishment for her previous activism.
“I was told my editors were only hoping to support me as I received an onslaught of sexist, anti-Semitic, racist and violent comments and messages. Less than 48 hours later, the AP fired me. The reason given was my supposed violations of the AP’s social media policy sometimes between my first day (May 3, 2021) and Wednesday (May 19).
She said that her managers refused to point to the exact tweet which they found in violation of the policy.
“This is heartbreaking as a young journalist so hungry to learn from the fearless investigative reporting of AP journalist – and do that reporting myself. It’s terrifying as a young woman who was hung out to dry when I needed support from my institution the most.
“And it is enraging as a Jewish person – who grew up in a Jewish community, attended Orthodox schooling and devoted my college years to studying Palestine and Israel – that I could be defamed as anti-Semitic and thorwn under the bus in the process,” she wrote.
Emily Wilder said that she was one victim to the asymmetrical enforcement of rules around objectivity and social media that had censored so many journalists particularly Palestinian and journalists of color.
“Now, after being fired, I have to ask what kind of message this sends to young people who are hoping to channel righteous indignation or passion for justice into impactful storytelling. What future does it promise to aspiring reporters that an institution like the AP would sacrifice those with the least power to the cruel trolling of a group of anonymous bullies? What does it mean for this industry that even sharing the painful experiences of Palestinians or interrogating the language we use to describe them can be seen as irredeemably biased?
“I will not be intimidated into silence. I will be back soon,” she maintained.
This also establishes the fact, which was also highlighted by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi in an interview with CNN, that international media has deep pockets and Israel has a great influence on it. Earlier, a Pakistani journalist associated with CNN was fired for supporting Palestine.