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Naga Munchetty breached BBC rules by criticising Donald Trump for ‘racism’

The presenter reacted to the US president’s call for political rivals to ‘go back’ to their own countries.

Naga Munchetty was the subject of a complaint (Joe Giddens/PA)
Naga Munchetty was the subject of a complaint (Joe Giddens/PA)

By Craig Simpson, PA

Naga Munchetty breached BBC guidelines by criticising Donald Trump for perceived “racism”, the corporation’s complaints unit has ruled.

The BBC Breakfast host condemned comments made by the president about political rivals, after he told female Democrats to “go back” to their own counties.

Munchetty has been rebuked by the BBC for branding these comments as racist.

The presenter 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”.

Speaking on BBC Breakfast on July 17, in the aftermath of Mr Trump’s online remarks, she 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.

“Now, I’m not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean.”

Mr Trump had shared posted several messages on Twitter in which he made references to politicians Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

They are US citizens and three were born in America.

Munchetty’s assertion that Mr Trump’s comments were embedded in racism went beyond what the BBC allows, and a complaint made about the presenter’s comments was upheld by the executive complaints unit (ECU) of the BBC.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: “The ECU ruled that while Ms Munchetty was entitled to give a personal response to the phrase ‘go back to your own country’ as it was rooted in her own experience, overall her comments went beyond what the guidelines allow for.”

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