Jeff Zucker Reminds CNN Employees They’re Still Not Allowed to Participate in Protests
CNN chief Jeff Zucker reminded employees in an email on Friday that they still had no right to protest or "donate to groups that have more scope for political activities and lobbying." Approved donations were also listed in the memo.
In the email reviewed by TheWrap, Zucker told employees worldwide that, as part of the ongoing national conversation about systemic racism, "no one can say that CNN hit or sat on the sidelines of these stories," added, "In this Senses There was a series of discussions across the company about our own policies and practices. "
He reminded his employees that there are reasons for CNN's policies to maintain objectivity and protect employee health and safety.
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“I fully understand that the real agony and pain that many of our colleagues are currently experiencing has caused us to wonder where the line is drawn on many of these issues. We listened. And although I know that not everyone will agree, we have decided to make some changes to the standards and practices of our CNN, ”he wrote.
As for the donation, employees can now “donate to any nonprofit organization identified as 501 (c) (3). This is a tax exemption status for organizations serving religious, charitable, or educational purposes. ”501 (c) (3) Organizations with“ more scope for political activities and lobbying ”are not allowed, and donations to political parties, candidates or super PACs are still not allowed.
Regarding protests, he wrote: “CNN's longstanding position has been that CNN employees cannot attend news events that CNN reports, such as: B. Protest marches. That is still our position. Our job as journalists is to watch and report, and sometimes that means we can't participate. "
Read also: Axios allows reporters to join protests and offers to pay bail if arrested
The changes in this policy affect vigils and "community and neighborhood meetings". These, said Zucker, "serve a purpose other than a protest march, be it for commemoration or education," and the company supports employee participation in them.
CNN employees still cannot exchange personal opinions on news, but "the ban does not apply to issues where CNN has formulated a clear editorial position such as climate change, institutional racism, sexism, and LGBTQ rights" as long as employees are employed no specific statements about politicians or companies.
The note came at a time when some news organizations were rethinking their policies.
Jim VandeHei, co-founder and CEO of Axios, told employees Monday they could join Black Lives Matter's protests and cross the normally blatant border that keeps journalists from demonstrating or representing public opinions on contentious social issues. Zucker told CNN employees on Wednesday that they are now able to publish Black Lives Matter on social media.
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