BBC Reverses Its Decision On Viewer Complaint Against Its Journalist Naga Munchetty

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BBC director-general Lord Hall has reversed a decision to partially uphold a complaint against Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty.

He told staff that Munchetty’s words were not “sufficient to merit a partial uphold” of the complaint against her.

She had been found to have breached the BBC’s guidelines over comments she made about a tweet from Donald Trump about four female politicians of colour.

Lord Hall said he “personally” reviewed the decision of the complaints unit.

A complaint against Munchetty was partially upheld after the BBC found she had criticised the US president’s motives in saying four female Democrats should “go back” to “places from which they came”.

At the time, the BBC said Munchetty had gone “beyond what the guidelines allow for”.

On Monday, the director-general reiterated that “racism is racism and the BBC is not impartial on the topic”.

The reversal of the decision comes after dozens of black actors and broadcasters called on the BBC to overturn its decision.

The saga began when Mr Trump posted several messages that made references to the Democrat politicians Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley and Rashida Tlaib.

“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,” he wrote on Twitter on 14 July.

The comments were discussed on BBC Breakfast on 17 July, where Munchetty said: “Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism.

 

Source: BBC

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