CNN staffers complain anchors can express their views, but staff cannot

121129022814-jeff-zucker-headshot-story-top CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker faced questioning internally at an employee town hall regarding the race protests that have been on-going. According to the Wall Street Journal report, Zucker was asked why editorial staffers are prohibited from expressing their viewers on social media, but the prohibition doesn’t apply to CNN’s star anchors.

At the town hall, Zucker indicated that CNN was reviewing its restrictions on participating in the protests. In a prior memo, CNN instructed its employees that they could donate to nonprofits, but the employees should refrain from actively taking parts in the protests CNN was covering, as well as refrain from editorializing on social media. However, the staff can attend community vigils, according to the memo.

According to the WSJ report, Zucker acknowledged the desire to protest. A CNN spokesperson said that employees are generally expected to avoid saying something on social media that they wouldn’t say on-air.

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