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Houston reporter goes off script on air: “Fox Corp has been muzzling me to keep information from you”

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A Houston reporter has surprised everyone by going off script and announcing during a live broadcast that she will be sharing secret recordings at her own network with Project Veritas, as reported by Newsweek.

The Fox affiliate reporter changed the script spontaneously on Monday. The broadcast was meant to be about the Texas heat wave, but suddenly the reporter stated that ”Fox Corp” was “muzzling” her and stopping the viewers from having access to “certain information.”

How did it all happen?

KRIV-TV reporter Ivory Hecker stated that she is planning to release the information, which she secretly recorded, to James O'Keefe's Project Veritas.

While a live broadcast was taking place, Hecker, who is a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor, was about to deliver a report about the Texas weather and the extreme heat going on.

Instead, she began, ”Before we get to that story, I want to let you, the viewers, know that Fox Corp. has been muzzling me to keep certain information from you. And from what I am gathering, I am not the only reporter being subjected to this. I am going to be releasing some recordings about what goes on behind the scenes at Fox, because it applies to you, the viewers.”
“I found a nonprofit journalism group called Project Veritas that's going to help put that out tomorrow, so tune into them,” she went on.

The reporter did not give any other details about what it was she had recorded or when she was going to discuss it with Project Veritas.

“Hecker will be sitting down for an interview with the group on Tuesday evening to discuss claims of 'corruption' and 'censorship' that she has regarding her employer,” was the statement from a spokesperson for Project Veritas for the Insider.

The news outlet also pointed out that, “the spokesman added that Hecker will be, among other things, 'blowing the whistle' and speaking out about how she believes corporate journalism is 'broken'.”

In a previous story, Hecker revealed for Newsweek that she had problems with the network since “late August”, when their relations apparently took a “dark turn” after an interview she conducted.

“They decided they didn't like what the interview subject had said, and they went on to internally harass and defame me. I knew I was not working for a journalistic organization when I was called into an HR meeting in December and was told to keep my support for free speech and opposition to censorship to myself, that those were not matters to be publicly spoken about,” Hecker said.
“True journalism can't exist in an environment of censorship. It needs an environment of free speech,” the reporter insisted.

It is unclear at the moment if Hecker is still employed at KRIV after the Houston incident.

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