AP urges DeSantis to end harassing tweets aimed at reporter

NEW YORK – The Affiliated Press named on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis to finish “harassing behavior” by just one of his push aides in opposition to an AP reporter who received threats and other online abuse.

Incoming AP CEO Daisy Veerasingham sent a letter Friday to DeSantis protesting tweets by push secretary Christina Pushaw directed at a Tallahassee, Florida-primarily based reporter in reaction to a story he wrote pointing out one of DeSantis’ multi-million dollar donors invests in a company making the COVID-19 treatment drug Regeneron. DeSantis has been touting the monoclonal antibody treatment all through the condition.

In a given that-deleted tweet, Pushaw retweeted the posting with the concept “drag them,” which led to abusive messages being despatched to him.

DeSantis ought to “assure the people today of Florida that there is no place” for these conduct in their govt, Veerasingham, AP’s vice president and chief running officer, wrote. She will become AP’s CEO in January.


“While we can disagree about stories, it is unacceptable and unsafe for a community official to motivate the systemic bullying of journalists,” Veerasingham wrote.

Pushaw reported she did not indicate her “drag them” comment to be taken as a risk, and she deleted it since she recognized not every person would know what it implies.

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