The BBC has reprimanded the well-known British journalist Emily Maitlis for having shared on Twitter a critical message with the Government of Boris Johnson that was considered “clearly controversial”, as explained by the public corporation on Monday.

In a statement released in the complaints section of the British channel, the presenter of the Newsnight program is criticized, one of the best known faces in the chain, after she shared last February a message published by another journalist, Piers Morgan.

The message in question read: “Failure to properly comply with quarantine is punishable by ten years in prison, What is the punishment for not adequately protecting the country from a pandemic?“.

The note released by the call Executive Complaints Unit remarks that “the retweeted material was clearly controversial”, implying harsh criticism of the Government, and there was nothing in the context to clarify that Emily Maitlis was not “endorsing it or offering alternative points of view”.

Maitlis erased the retweet from his account within ten minutes of his appearance, but, in the absence of a public assertion clarifying that it had nothing to do with the BBC’s editorial standards, this did not appear to be sufficient to resolve the complaint issue“, adds the note.

The director general of the BBC, Tim Davie, already alerted the corporation’s employees last year about their use of social networks, warning them that the dissemination of their personal opinions online could damage the chain’s reputation for fairness, which he then described as his “number one priority.”

The BBC has explained that the complaint against Maitlis was issued by a citizen that he considered that the journalist “gave the impression of partiality in a controversial matter.”


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