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Group of 150 black broadcasters call on BBC to reverse ruling against Breakfast host Naga Munchetty over Donald Trump racism row {VIDEO}

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, right, was been criticised by BBC executives after she expressed her opinion on racism following a highly controversial tweet by Donald Trump

  • Broadcasters including Lenny Henry have backed the BBC's Naga Munchetty 
  • Ms Munchetty was criticised by the BBC for expressing her opinion on racism
  • She was commenting after Donald Trump published an racially offensive Tweet
  • The BBC said Ms Munchetty had breached the corporation's impartiality rules  

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'. 

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

Naga Munchetty voiced her fury over Trump's 'racist' tweetsBBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, right, was been criticised by BBC executives after she expressed her opinion on racism following a highly controversial tweet by Donald Trump

BBC Breakfast presenter Naga Munchetty, right, was been criticised by BBC executives after she expressed her opinion on racism following a highly controversial tweet by Donald Trump

A group of 150 black broadcasters, including Lenny Henry, pictured, have written a letter to the BBC to defend Ms Munchetty

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

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.

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'.

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 came' were widely condemned as racist, and we reported on this extensively.

The BBC said they had not disciplined Ms Munchetty for the guideline breach

The BBC said they had not disciplined Ms Munchetty for the guideline breach 

'The BBC's editorial guidelines do require due impartiality, but the Editorial Complaints Unit's ruling is clear that Naga Munchetty was perfectly entitled to give a personal response to the phrase 'go back to your own country'.

'She understandably feels strongly on this issue, and there was nothing wrong with her talking about her own experiences of racism.

'However, our editorial guidelines do not allow for journalists to then give their opinions about the individual making the remarks or their motives for doing so - in this case President Trump - and it was for this reason that the complaint was partially upheld.

'Those judgments are for the audience to make.'

Ms Munchetty had earned plaudits for her decision to speak about her struggles and share her experiences of being told herself to 'go back to your own country'.

The BBC's former China editor Carrie Grace and Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan were among those who criticised the BBC decision and voiced support for Munchetty.

Ms Gracie tweeted: '#nagamunchetty Unease among #BBC journalists for whom 'go back' = racist. If power trumps or bends meaning then no point in journalism, just print propaganda.

'There is no #BBC journalism worth the name without #BBC values. Accountability is one. Explain @BBCNaga reprimand please.'

Morgan said: 'Since the BBC will gag my breakfast show rival #BBCNaga from saying anything about this, allow me: It's bloody ridiculous.

'Her words were powerful & necessary. Shameful censorship.'

Labour MP David Lammy called the BBC decision 'appalling'.

'If the BBC won't let its journalists call blatant, unashamed racism what it is, it is complicit in that racism,' he tweeted.

The National Union of Journalists (NUJ) has said the BBC 'has got it very wrong' over its ruling.

'All broadcasters, and in particular the BBC a public service broadcaster, should call out racism. It is not a matter of opinion - it is wrong,' NUJ general secretary Michelle Stanistreet said.

'Of course, (Munchetty) was right to say she was furious with the President's language and what it meant.

'The BBC has got it very wrong - BBC journalists should not be prohibited from commenting on evidently racist language, especially at a time when racist rhetoric is having a real impact on people's lives.' 

Ms Munchetty has not commented on the row.  

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Comment by mr1stroke on September 27, 2019 at 2:27pm
Ok now this is the problem, no one wants to be fair than they want to cry wolf when it happens to them, many of you dont know Donald Trump personally, he is not doing to black people what ever the democrats have been doing, if he or a white person comes out disrespectful against black or another race every one will raise hell, so why be disrespectful even when you disagree, niggers like to follow white people and do what white people do but not ready for the consequences. I dont give a f*** about Donald Trump or any politicians who are not helping my lifestyle or the future of my family, you can be as concern about these people they will be fine and they dont care about you, to start they dont live in your community, hoe many white democrats live in the black community, and to the niggers who are so loyal and proud to vote democrats why dont you be educate and professional for once instead of barking like a dog, break down all the great things that democrats have done for the black community that makes it so great for the past 50 years sonce you have been voting for them, state the facts and where we can learn about them, otherwise i can ask you why are you still marching for the same issues, why is the community is now a dump, Joe Biden has been in office for more tgan 40 years, what exactly has he done to better the black community, he has been a law maker, what laws that you demanded for the past 10 years and he has passed in your favor? Lets hear it for the smart voters

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