Jan 28, 2020

Washington Post Guild says reporter reinstated after Kobe Bryant tweets

A mural of former NBA star Kobe Bryant on Jan. 28 in Valenzuela, Philippines. Photo: Ezra Acayan/Getty Images

The Washington Post reportedly reinstated journalist Felicia Sonmez on Tuesday after suspending her for tweeting about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape case allegation following his death in a helicopter crash on Sunday.

What they're saying: The Post said the reporter, Felicia Sonmez, "was not in clear and direct violation" of the newspaper's social media policy. Sonmez has been reinstated, according to the Washington Post Guild. More than 200 Post journalists expressed "alarm and dismay" at Somnez's suspension via a guild letter.

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Updated: Washington Post suspends reporter over Kobe Bryant tweets

Flowers and tributes are left at a makeshift memorial for former NBA player Kobe Bryant outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Photo: Rachel Luna/Getty Images

The Washington Post faced blowback Monday for suspending a reporter after she tweeted a story without comment the previous day about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegation as others posted tributes to the basketball star following his death.

What's new: The Post expressed regret at speaking "publicly about a personnel matter" on Tuesday and said that the reporter, Felicia Sonmez, "was not in clear and direct violation" of the newspaper's social media policy. Sonmez has been reinstated, according to the Washington Post Guild.

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Washington Post editor addresses staff following reporter's suspension

Washington Post Editor Martin Baron. Photo: NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron sent an email to staff, outlining the newspaper's objectives for social media conduct and stressing that the company is prepared to offer security to anyone who has received threatening messages, per CNN reporter Oliver Darcy.

The big picture: The message comes after the paper received blowback from the public and its own employees. Reporter Felicia Sonmez was suspended for tweeting about Kobe Bryant's 2003 rape allegation, hours after the athlete's death in a helicopter crash. Sonmez was reinstated on Tuesday.

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Vanessa Bryant breaks her silence on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna

Kobe Bryant and his daughter in a mural. Photo: Apu Gomes/AFP via Getty Images

Vanessa Bryant said she was "completely devastated" by the sudden loss of her husband, Kobe Bryant, and her daughter Gianna in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

Driving the news: LeBron James and other stars have paid tribute to the NBA legend, Vanessa Bryant and their 13-year-old daughter on Instagram since both Kobe and Gianna were killed in a California helicopter crash on Sunday.

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