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Amid significant changes in the Golden Globes organization’s structure, three members have been expelled due to conduct violations. Howaida Hamdy, Munawar Hosain, and Aniko Navai were all removed from the organization for violating its code of conduct.
Howaida Hamdy, an Egyptian journalist, faced an investigation following allegations that some of her reviews and tweets in Arabic contained anti-Semitic and extremist remarks. She had been admitted as a new member in 2021 as part of the organization’s efforts to enhance diversity and address previous controversies related to a lack of Black members and ethical concerns.
The reasons for the expulsions of Munawar Hosain and Aniko Navai, both long-standing members of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for over two decades, have not been disclosed.
In addition to the expulsions, an email was sent to studios on Monday, informing them that 15 former members, including some emeritus members, would no longer participate in Golden Globe voting, as reported by The Wrap.
As the Golden Globes undergo a transformation into a for-profit entity jointly owned by Eldridge Industries and Dick Clark Productions, former HFPA members were given the option to retain their status as Globes voters and receive an annual salary of $75,000 or exit the organization and receive a lump sum payment of $225,000.
These changes come as the Golden Globes work toward finalizing a voting roster of 300 members for the upcoming awards ceremony scheduled for January 7.