Twitter shuts journalist's account over criticism

A British journalist slammed the US television network NBC after his Twitter account was suspended following scathing attacks on the broadcaster's delayed Olympic coverage.

The Independent's Los Angeles correspondent Guy Adams said his account was suspended as a punishment for publishing the corporate email address of Gary Zenkel, an NBC executive in charge of Olympic coverage.

Adams on Friday tweeted his outrage over NBC's decision to delay broadcasting the opening ceremony in order to catch the primetime audience.

Speaking later on Los Angeles talk radio station KNX 1070, the journalist said he was "utterly outraged" by the coverage, and accused the broadcaster of "treating the people of America with contempt".

Adams also said Twitter had bowed to pressure from the broadcaster, claiming he had not contravened their rules.

"I'm of course happy to abide by Twitter's rules, now and forever," he said in an email to Twitter. "But I don't see how I broke them in this case: I didn't publish a private email address. Just a corporate one.

"[It's] quite worrying that NBC, whose parent company are an Olympic sponsor, are apparently trying (and, in this case, succeeding) in shutting down the Twitter accounts of journalists who are critical of their Olympic coverage," he added.

NBC Sports later released a statement saying: "We filed a complaint with Twitter because a user tweeted the personal information of one of our executives," the Independent said.

- AFP

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