PRSA condemns Twitter suspensions: ‘Journalists should not be penalized for sharing accurate reporting’

Journalism organizations, publications and PR pros are also voicing concern over the suspensions.

Journalism organizations have condemned the suspensions, as well. (Photo credit: Getty Images).

The Public Relations Society of America is questioning Twitter’s commitment to free speech, after the social media platform suspended high-profile reporters from The New York Times, CNN and The Washington Post, among other publications, on Thursday evening.

“It’s Twitter’s prerogative who they allow to use their platform, but their commitment to free speech is really being tested today,” the PRSA tweeted on Friday afternoon. “Journalists, even those critical of people in positions of power, should not be penalized for sharing accurate reporting.”

Twitter owner Elon Musk tweeted that particular accounts were suspended because they posted his “exact real-time location, basically assassination coordinates, in (obvious) direct violation of Twitter terms of service.” It followed the suspension of the @ElonJet account, which tracked the movements of Musk’s private plane using publicly available information.

Journalism organizations, publications and PR pros are also condemning Twitter’s move.

The Washington Post

— Washington Post PR (@WashPostPR) December 16, 2022

CNN

The New York Times

Society of Professional Journalists

Committee to Protect Journalists

Bospar principal Curtis Sparrer noted on LinkedIn that now is the time to stand up for journalists. He urged people to invest in journalism, both local and national.

Other PR pros also discussed what Twitter’s move means to free speech.


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