Diederik van Hoogstraten of the Netherlands and Wenting Xu of China sent a letter of resignation to the HFPA leadership, the L.A. Times reported Thursday.
The two overseas journalists said in their letter that the HFPA is a place where “bullying of members by members is left unquestioned and unpunished. The badgering of talent and publicists: ditto.”
Van Hoogstraten and Xu also called out the practice of doling out large fees to members for serving on committees, writing, “Payments for internal jobs have skyrocketed lately. Morally and fiscally this self-dealing and sense of entitlement is a scandal in and of itself. But the lack of transparency goes beyond just the financials: since February most decision-making has happened behind closed doors.”
“The majority of the membership resists transformative change,