By Shannon Knutsen
GotNews.com editor in chief Charles C. Johnson had his Twitter account suspended for reporting the address of Youngor Jallah, a woman who authorities failed to put under Ebola quarantine and who took care of Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan.
“I have a responsibility to inform my readers about public health risks, especially when the media will not,” Johnson says, who points out that his journalism helped alert authorities to the breakdown in quarantine. “Without hours of posting about Youngor Jallah, who was running around Dallas with an ebola-vomit soaked blanket, authorities got back into contact with her and provided her with food after making her wait for two days.”
He is contesting the suspension. “I apologize to Twitter for violating their rules, but Twitter might consider modifying their rules to keep the public safe during disease outbreaks. Other media entities later reported the address of both Jallah and Louise Troh, Duncan’s alleged paramour and baby mama.”
Johnson continued: “The move to report me to Twitter and thereby suspend the account was a vindictive one done by far-left wing trolls who would rather see Americans sick with ebola than have journalists do the necessary job of informing the public.
“I’m amused that so many people would think the GOP establishment as capable enough to silence me,” Johnson joked.
Johnson is also seeing a silver lining. “In the hours or days before Twitter restores my account I’ll have more opportunities to focus on Gotnews.com and my book which is due later this month. My wife will be pleased that I don’t have the time suck of Twitter to distract me from other pursuits.”
In the meantime, he encourages his supporters to contact Twitter @support and ask for his reinstatement. “I’m very taken by all the supporters who are calling me, emailing me, and tweeting about me,” Johnson said. “Thank you for all you do.”