Former England footballer Gary Lineker, now a sports commentator, clashed with the British public broadcaster BBC and was suspended, sparking a debate in the UK over freedom of expression.
The BBC has decided to suspend regular independent contributor Lineker (Freelancer) on the weekend show Today’s matchRegarding England football, the former goalscorer is due to express a personal opinion on social media against the new UK migration policy of forced relocation of people to Rwanda.
The former footballer made two posts about politics on Twitter Presented this week by Suella BravermanUK Home Secretary, Both are on Tuesday (March 7).A new policy to try to stop illegal immigration to Great Britain is “beyond alarming” in the first opinion.
Later, in response to a comment in that first publication, he compared the British government’s justifications for implementing the new policy to the same arguments used by Germany in the 1930s, at the height of the rise of the Nazi regime.
The Rishi Sunak-led government now deemed the commentator’s criticism “unacceptable” and some Conservative MPs supported Linekar’s removal as commentator, praising him for the clarity he brought to the game. Global popularity.
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Conservative Party deputy leader Lee Anderson called Lineker’s second publication “disgusting and vile” for “using the word Nazi in this context”.
“The BBC has moved away from these kinds of comments and said, ‘Do you expect this kind of comment from presenters who fund your audience?’ Terrible”, Lee Anderson wrote on TwitterIt’s the same social network where all the controversy has surfaced until it affects BBC TV shows.
Greg Dyke, the BBC’s former director-general, felt the BBC had disgraced itself by suspending Gary Lineker’s cooperation because the station had bowed to government pressure.
“There has been a long-standing precedent at the BBC that entertainment and sports presenters are not bound by the same rules as (journalists),” Dyke told the BBC Radio 4 microphones.
The former director-general of the BBC said Lineker’s publication was acceptable because “we live in a world of free speech”. “He didn’t say it on a BBC broadcast, he said it in a personal ‘tweet’,” Greg Dyke reinforced.
The BBC imposes a duty of impartiality on the effective staff of the House, so far as this clause does not include mere independent collaborators (Freelancers) as Lineker.
The former forward’s suspension has taken other well-known sports commentators and former England forwards to task. Ian Wright This is Alan ShearerRefusing to take part in the BBC’s disgraceful shows, the British public broadcaster was suspended this weekend in solidarity. Today’s match.
However, Ian Wright has vowed that he would not want to return to working with the BBC if Lineker was permanently sacked.
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