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Sally Buzbee left the Washington Post weeks after clashing with the CEO over a phone lawsuit

It has come to light that the weeks leading up to Sally Buzbee’s firing from the Washington Post were quite tense, as she and CEO Will Lewis could not agree on whether or not the newspaper should publish a case that linked him to a phone hacking lawsuit in Britain. set by Prince Harry.

Ms. Buzbee left The Post last weekend amid an alleged demotion that would limit her duties as editor-at-large, which oversees core politics, other beats and polling firms, to a newly created social media section, where she is expected to educate the public of the newspaper will serve with the help of multimedia and other narrative videos.

But it was more than that, as The New York Times said the duo clashed in May over whether The Post could report its ties to the phone hacking scandal as a British judge would decide whether to allow plaintiffs. ​or prohibit Mr. Lewis from being added to the suit.

When Ms. Buzbee tried to get Mr. Lewis’s approval to cover the case, he said it was not newsworthy, but the editor thought otherwise and said the paper would continue to publish the story.

“He (Mr Lewis) said her decision represented an error of judgment and abruptly ended the conversation,” The Times reported.

The judge on May 21 granted the prosecutor’s request to include Mr. Lewis and other media executives as people facing charges over alleged attempts to conceal evidence that they had hacked phones to obtain information about the royal family. The Post published the report.

Although Mr. Lewis did not oppose publication of the article, Ms. Buzbee appeared uncertain about her future at The Post, if there was one, The Times quoted people familiar with the editor as saying.

The disagreement over the publication of the article appeared to heighten Ms. Buzbee’s concerns about the restructuring of the newsroom under Mr. Lewis, which would ultimately lead to her resignation.

Robert Winnett, an editor who had worked with Lewis at The Daily Telegraph, would replace Ms. Buzbee’s position at The Post.

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