Reporter Emily Wilder, who worked for the Associated Press (AP) for two weeks, said she was fired from the agency for supporting Palestine.
As the reporter herself told the Guardian newspaper, the AP justified the decision to dismiss by the fact that the girl violated the agency’s policy on social networks during her work; the AP representative also told newspaper this reason for the dismissal.
Wilder made a statement on social media, where she outlined her version of events. According to her, she openly advocated for the protection of human rights in Palestine as a student at Stanford University, where she graduated last year. She claims that Republican supporters at Stanford launched a campaign to discredit Wilder by exploiting her activism. The girl said that she received a lot of sexist, anti-Semitic, and racist comments.
“I spoke openly with my editors, and they assured me that I would not face punishment for my previous activism… in less than 48 hours, I was fired from the AP,” she wrote on Twitter. At the same time, Wilder noted that she is “infuriated” by the accusations of anti-Semitism since she herself is of Jewish origin and grew up in the Jewish community.
According to the journalist, the agency did not explain to her which publications in social networks led to the dismissal. According to the Guardian, right-wing and conservative platforms this week began publishing stories about Wilder and screenshots of the publication from her social media pages, including past Facebook posts critical of supporters of Zionism. The News Media Guild union told the newspaper it was investigating the circumstances of the dismissal.