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Guto Harri A Gb News Broadcaster Was Chastised By His Bosses For Taking A Knee Live On Television

Following the Three Lions’ Euros defeat to Italy, a GB News broadcaster was chastised by his bosses for an ‘unacceptable violation of norms’ when he took a knee live on TV in protest of racist insults directed at black England football players.

During Tuesday’s broadcast, Guto Harri and his GB News co-host Mercy Muroki discussed the terrible abuse, with Mr Harri admitting that he “gets” why footballers take the knee before each game – an anti-racist gesture inspired by last year’s Black Lives Matter protests.

He then went on camera and took a knee, telling Ms Muroki and GB News viewers, ‘I’ll tell you where I am.’

I’ve never understood why it would offend anybody.

I see what you’re saying, and I used to be one of those people who wondered, “Do we really have to do this at every football game?” Can’t we just enjoy whatever sport we’re watching instead?”

‘Yet, having witnessed how close to the surface, how deep-rooted, and how horrifically nasty racism is among some England fans over the past few days, I completely understand why this squad has to state, day in and day out, that racism is not on.

And, with the benefit of hindsight, I may have overestimated how close to the surface racism still is, but I actually get it.’ GB News openly scolded its presenter after a Twitter outcry from social media users perplexed by Mr Harri’s gesture on the ‘anti-woke’ channel.

‘GB News stands foursquare against racism in all its manifestations,’ it wrote on its official Twitter account.

We don’t have a company policy regarding kneeling.

‘Some of our guests were in favor, while others were opposed.’

All of them are anti-racist.

All GB News journalists adhere to a set of editorial standards.

A contributing presenter kneeled live on air on Tuesday, which was an inexcusable violation of our guidelines.

‘We let both sides wrong by oversimplifying a really difficult matter,’ Mr Harri wrote on Twitter yesterday night, defending his actions: ‘GB News is – above all – about free speech; having debates others won’t.’

When English sportsmen take a knee, they are making a clear message about condemning racism (rather than adopting BLM’s narrow divisive goals).

GB News executives have punished a broadcaster for an ‘unacceptable breach of rules’ after he took the knee live on TV in protest of racist abuse directed at black England football heroes following the Three Lions’ Euros defeat to Italy. Guto Harri and his GB News co-host Mercy Muroki discussed about the horrible abuse during Tuesday’s show, during which Mr Harri confessed he ‘gets’ what people are saying.

‘GB News stands foursquare against racism in all its manifestations,’ it wrote on its official Twitter account.

Mr Harri, 55, a former BBC political correspondent and Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s spin doctor while he was Mayor of London, says: “We don’t have a company policy on taking the knee.”

Mr Harri’s BBC reporting career took him to London, New York, and Rome, where he covered politics and business.

‘My @GBNEWS teammate @Guto_Harri is right to say and do what he sees fit,’ said Scottish presenter Neil Oliver of his colleague’s decision to take the knee.

I’m the same way.

It is the channel’s ethos.

The right to free expression

We don’t all agree – that’s the idea; otherwise, where would the argument be?

GB News was also chastised on Twitter, with comedian Danny Wallace jokingly writing: ‘Anti-racist gestures performed in solidarity with an mistreated English national football team are an unacceptable breach of GB News standards, got it.’ Another Twitter user wrote: ‘People will be astonished to discover you have standards,’ while a third person wrote:’someone taking a position against racism is an ‘unacceptable breach of GB News standards, got it.’

‘Doesn’t sound like a fun place to work.’ A fourth inquired, ‘How about free speech?’

Wasn’t that what you were all about?

‘It’s unclear whether Harri broke GB News’ Editorial Code, which states that the channel respects “every individual’s ability to express and share their views” and delivers “clarity to complicated and disputed matters.”

‘We will find out what is going on, present facts in a straightforward and honest manner, and guarantee that our coverage is well-sourced, facts are double-checked, and all data used is robust and accurate,’ the Charter adds.

‘If we make a mistake, we will own it and explain what happened.’

We shall provide our programs in a way that is respectful to individuals and leads to a more informed community and country.

We embrace freedom of expression, but not at the expense of causing unjustified offence or putting our audience in danger, especially when it comes to our most vulnerable viewers.

‘We don’t shy away from contentious topics.’

We shall take a candid and honest look at the world, but we will be sensitive to complicated matters and safeguard privacy unless there is a compelling public interest that surpasses this expectation.’

After England’s Euro 2020 final penalty shootout, social media companies reportedly handed over personal information of those suspected of sharing racist statements online.

Last night, Harri defended his conduct on Twitter, writing: ‘GB News is – above all – about free speech’ Harry Kane and Declan Rice take a knee during the Three Lions’ Euros match against Austria last month. Twitter and Facebook have been ‘working very closely’ with investigating police officers, who say they are looking into dozens of racist messages after five people were arrested in the waffle incident.

According to the New York Times, if authorities request information, the tech giants will reveal the names, emails, and IP addresses of individuals who are suspected of sending discriminatory remarks.

Following the Three Lions’ penalty shootout loss to Italy, the UK Football Police Unit issued an update on its investigation into abusive posts directed against Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho, and Bukayo Saka.

Plasterer Brad Pretty, 49, from Folkestone, Kent; estate agent Andrew Bone, 37, from Sale, Cheshire; and children’s football coach Nick Scott, 50, from Powick, Worcestershire, have all been officially recognized.

A fourth suspect, a 37-year-old male from Greater Manchester’s Ashton-upon-Mersey, was arrested yesterday, according to officials, before a fifth, a 42-year-old guy from Runcorn, was seized by Cheshire police.

In the 24 hours leading up to and following the match, Twitter stated it had removed over 1,000 postings and suspended a number of accounts for breaking its rules.

Facebook and Instagram both stated they immediately removed hateful remarks off their platforms.

According to Crisp, an analytics firm that works with top-flight football clubs, England players received 12,500 hate comments on social media during Euro 2020, including emojis of bananas and monkeys.

The abuse was directed towards players via Twitter and Instagram, and included racial, ethnic, religious, and sexual orientation insults, as well as intense personal abuse and threats of damage, including to family members.

During the competition, the number of abusive accounts amounted to 3% of all users posting to the participants’ accounts.

According to the New York Times, Instagram’s CEO, Adam Mosseri, said that bugs in the company’s detection algorithms had allowed abusive posts to get through, but that they had now been resolved.

‘Sending racist emojis, or any type of hate speech, on Instagram is absolutely not OK,’ he said.

‘After England’s defeat against Italy on Sunday, a torrent of racist comments targeting at some of the team’s black players erupted on platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter,’ according to a UKFPU statement.

‘The UKFPU is conducting a hate crime investigation, with a dedicated team of investigators sifting through a significant number of reports from around the country.’

‘Thus far, scores of data requests have been sent to social media companies, and four people have been arrested by local authorities.’

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