Chaos roiled the Newsweek places of work Monday with the firings of the editor-in-chief, his quantity two and three reporters — presumably in retaliation for his or her unfavorable protection of the corporate.
Johnathan Davis, the co-founder/CEO of Newsweek Media Group, ordered the firing of prime editor Bob Roe, his deputy Ken Li and reporters Celeste Katz and Josh Saul, in addition to Josh Keefe, a reporter for the Worldwide Enterprise Occasions, a sister firm, a supply stated.
Katz, Saul and Keefe had been writing about an ongoing investigation of the corporate by the Manhattan District Legal professional’s workplace, the supply stated.
Along with that investigation, Newsweek needed to place Chief Content material Officer Dayan Candappa on go away following allegations that he repeatedly sexually harassed a girl whereas a prime official at Reuters. The reporters had written tales on that scandal as effectively.
The corporate employed a legislation agency to analyze Candappa’s conduct.
Roe and Li had been intently concerned within the enhancing of these tales, the supply stated.
“This complete whole employees feels it is clearly retaliatory,” the supply stated.
A second supply stated Roe and Li informed the employees final week that they’d shield Katz and Saul, and promised to give up if the reporters had been fired.
Staffers had particularly requested Roe and Li if Katz and Saul had been at risk of dropping their jobs due to the protection.
Editors had tapped Katz to deal with the tales as a result of they needed them lined.
On Monday, editors informed staffers to not work till the corporate briefs them on what is occurring.
As well as, staffers on the Worldwide Enterprise Occasions weren’t paid Monday as anticipated.
“At this second the complete employees is indignant, pissed off and confused,” the supply stated.
On Jan. 31, Etienne Uzac and Marion Kim resigned from their roles as chairman and finance director at Newsweek Media Group.
On Jan. 18, sources informed the Each day Information that the DA’s Main Financial Crimes bureau has been investigating Uzac.
The District Legal professional’s investigators raided the places of work Jan. 18, and took footage of the corporate’s pc tools within the server room.