Group of 150 black broadcasters call on BBC to reverse ruling against Breakfast host Naga Munchetty

Mail Online | 9/26/2019 | Darren Boyle for MailOnline
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A group of 150 black broadcasters, celebrities and actors have written a letter to demand the BBC reverse a decision to partially uphold a complaint against BBC Breakfast host Naga Munchetty.

The group, which includes Lenny Henry and Gillian Joseph from SkyNews are angered by the BBC's decision to criticise Ms Munchetty who accused US President Donald Trump of being 'embedded in racism'.

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Trump had tweeted that four high profile politicians should 'go back' to where they came from.

According to The Mirror, the letter claimed there should be no expectation of impartiality when it came to racism.

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The BBC has justified its reprimand of Naga Munchetty for criticising Donald Trump for perceived 'racism', saying that she is not allowed to share her personal opinion.

The BBC's Executive Complaints Unit (ECU) ruled that the BBC Breakfast host breached editorial guidelines when she condemned comments made by the president after he told female Democrats to 'go back' to their own countries.

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In a July 17 broadcast, Munchetty said that 'every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism', adding: 'I'm not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.'

After being probed by her co-host Dan Walker for her thoughts, Munchetty said she was 'absolutely furious a man in that position thinks it's OK to skirt the lines by using language like that'.

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The BBC ruling has been widely criticised, notably by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who said that Munchetty 'stated a fact', and urged the BBC to 'explain this astonishing decision'.

Following the backlash online, the BBC said in a statement: 'President Trump's comments that a number of female Democrat members of Congress should 'go back' to the 'totally broken and crime infested places from which they...
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