KRIV reporter Ivory Hecker started her live shot Monday by telling viewers that the owner of the Houston station, Fox Corp., is muzzling her and she is releasing tapes to prove it.
Just after the studio tossed to her live to tell the story about air conditioners struggling to keep up with the recent heat wave, Hecker launched into her accusation by saying, “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, the viewers. And from what I’m 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,” she continued. “I found a non-profit journalism group called Project Veritas that is going to help put that out tomorrow, so tune into them.”
She then went on with her live shot.
Project Veritas, a far-right activist group, told the Daily Beast the group will be publishing a sit-down interview with Hecker on Tuesday evening and that it will publish videos and recordings backing up her allegations.
TVSpy asked Fox for comment. We will update when we hear back.
Hecker told Newsweek that her dispute with Fox “had taken a dark turn last August” after interviewing an unspecified person.
“They decided they didn’t like what the interview subject had said, and they went on to internally harass and defame me,” Hecker said. “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.”
“True journalism can’t exist in an environment of censorship,” added Hecker. “True journalism needs an environment of free speech.”
BREAKING: Fox 26 Houston TV Reporter @IvoryHecker Informs Network LIVE ON AIR That She Has Been Secretly Recording Them and Intends on Telling Her Story to Project Veritas #Fox26Whistleblower pic.twitter.com/wKbb1SaDGN
— Matthew Tyrmand (@MatthewTyrmand) June 14, 2021