Who is Emily Wilder?
Emily Wilder is one of the employees of American News Agency, Associated Press (AP) who was terminated after some of her tweets on the Israel-Palestine issue created a huge uproar on Twitter. Wilder was fired over charges of ‘violating the social media policies of the company.
Emily Wilder spent only 16 days as a news associate before the AP terminated her for violating the company’s social media policy. “It was really devastating,” she said.
“They told me I showed clear bias,” she said, but the AP wouldn’t specify the tweets.https://t.co/dttmrGwN2J
— Jeremy Barr (@jeremymbarr) May 21, 2021
How old is Emily Wilder?
Emily Wilder, who is a Jew, is believed to be in her 20s.
Emily Wilder AP
Wilder told the Washington Post that she wasn’t informed which of her tweets violated the policy but was told that her tweets had shown “sheer bias”. Hired on May 3, talking about getting fired in just over 16 days, Wilder told Washinton Post, “It’s really devastating.” One of the tweets that Wilder had put up was “referencing her advocacy for the Palestinian people and opposition to the actions of the Israeli government,” the report said.
According to the Washington Post, a spokesperson for AP confirmed that Wilder was “dismissed for violations of AP’s social media policy during her time at AP.”
Emily Wilder Stanford
Wilder announced on April 10 that she was joining AP as a news associate in Phoenix. Wilder’s Twitter timeline is filled with tweets over the Israel-Palestine issue. According to Wilder, ‘she was an active member of the pro-Palestinian groups Jewish Voice for Peace and Students for Justice in Palestine at Stanford University, from which she graduated in 2020’.
“This is heartbreaking as a young journalist so hungry to learn from the fearless investigative reporting of AP journalists — 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 most. And it’s 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 antisemitic and thrown under the bus in the process,” she said in the statement.
Speaking to The Wrap, a representative for the organization shared:
“The Associated Press covers conflicts all over the world. Our social media guidelines exist to ensure AP’s ability to cover the news accurately and impartially and to keep our journalists safe. Every AP journalist around the world has the responsibility to adhere to our news values and social media policy.”
A second representative who spoke to the outlet stated:
“We have this policy so the comments of one person cannot create dangerous conditions for our journalists covering the story. Every AP journalist is responsible for safeguarding our ability to report on this conflict, or any other, with fairness and credibility, and cannot take sides in public forums.”