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12 Jan, 11 tweets, 5 min read
The chairman of @HouseForeign, @RepGregoryMeeks, and the ranking @GOP member, @RepMcCaul, have released a statement on the demotion of my @VOANews colleague, @pwidakuswara.
I am compelled in my personal capacity, as a colleague and friend, to express dismay about the unfair action taken against our senior @WhiteHouse correspondent, @pwidakuswara. (1/6)
Late last night, Patsy was summarily removed from the White House beat after she attempted to put questions to @SecPompeo at the planned speech he gave at @VOANews headquarters to our staff yesterday afternoon. (2/6)
The event was closed to outside media. All journalists were denied the opportunity to ask questions at what turned out to be a staged event with the secretary of state. (3/6)
Patsy was doing her job. Instead of praising Patsy for acting as a journalist the @VOADirector reacted angrily and demeaned her. Hours later she was reassigned. (4/6)
I believe the “reassignment” is political meddling and a breach of the VOA firewall guaranteed by law to protect the editorial independence of Voice of America’s journalists. (5/6)
I have worked with Patsy for several years. She exemplifies journalist excellence and integrity. She has always carried out her duties in adherence to VOA's Charter (…). I am confident most, if not all, of my colleagues share this assessment. (6/6)
"The latest episode in Pompeo’s reign of error came this week. The secretary gave a speech at the headquarters of Voice of America, the international news network supported by the federal government."…

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