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The British state television station BBC is being challenged in the media and social networks after scolding a journalist who violated the editorial directive of impartiality for critical comments about US President Donald Trump.
During a BBC television show on July 17, Naga Munchetty discussed with co-host Donald Trump's comments about four black congressmen, saying they should return to the "bankrupt and crime-ridden places they came from" when he reacted by rating this. US President's remark as "racist."
The Republican President's comment was about four radical Democratic congressmen – known as "the squad" (Ilhan Omar of Minnesota; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York; Rashida Tlaib of Michigan; and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts) – who have been the target of much criticism from the White House.
"Whenever they tell me, as a woman of color, to go back to where I came from, that is racism…. I'm not accusing anyone of anything, but we know what certain phrases mean," Munchetty said. , in this program, in an intervention that the channel management rejected, for violating the impartiality rule of its journalists.
This Friday, more than 40 colored celebrities signed an open letter, issued by The Guardian newspaper, asking the BBC to overturn its decision to reprimand Naga Munchetty as "illegal and contrary to the spirit and purpose of the public service broadcasting ".
The list of subscribers includes actors such as Lenny Henry, Adrian Lester and David Harewood, and presenters such as Krishhan Guru-Murthy and Gillian Joseph and describes the BBC management's decision as "race discriminatory", joining a chorus of protests that several days floods social networks.
"Racism is not a valid opinion on which to have an 'impartial' position," write the signers of The Guardian's letter, adding that "expecting communities and individuals suffering racist abuse – including Munchetty – to address these issues. ideas as valid brings devastating and perhaps unlawful consequences for dignity. "
BBC management considers that Naga Munchetty has gone too far, claiming that "editorial guidelines do not allow journalists to give their views on the individual who made the comment or the motivations to do so – in this case President Trump."
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