ABC Defends Presenter Amid Calls for Her to be Sacked

Photo Courtesy: Yassmin Abdel-Magied’s Facebook page.

The ABC has released a statement defending presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied, who came under-fire after publishing a Facebook post stating ANZAC Day should be spent thinking about detainees on Manus Island, instead of the Diggers who fought for Australia.

The post, which has since been deleted in place of an apology, read: “Lest we forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine).”

One Nation’s Pauline Hanson said she was “disgusted” by the post.

“Yesterday means so much to all Australians,” she said.

“She has no understanding, no idea.

“The federal government has paid her to travel the world, I think to promote her book, she just wouldn’t have a clue.

“She has done her dash with most Australians who will never forget her comments.”

These comments were echoed by Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce.

“It starts to become a sense that the culture of the ABC is in some instances at odds with the culture of Australia,” he said.

“You can’t just have one of your paid presenters making a statement like that when you have other people out there representing their grandparents, their parents … who have lost fathers, who have lost people close in their lives, who have people at risk fighting for the nation.”

Liberal National Party backbencher George Christiansen tweeted: “Yasmin [sic] should no longer on the public broadcaster’s tax-funded payroll. Self-deportation should also be considered”.

The Australian Broadcaster refused to condemn the presenter, despite these calls to sack her from the public as well as Members of Parliament.

“Ms Abdel-Magied is a part-time presenter on the ABC program Australia Wide, introducing stories done by ABC reporters from around the country,” the statement read.

“When presenting for the ABC she works in accordance with ABC editorial and other policies.

“Ms Abdel-Magied is also engaged in a range of other activities and work that is not related to the ABC.

“Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC.”

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3 Comments

  1. Lorna hardy Reply

    She may have not been at work when she posted her disrespectful post, but she works for the ABC and is associated with the ABC. I for one will not be watching anything with her in it, this is the second controversial episode with Yassmin, how many more will occur? And how many people will she have to offend before she is removed? Over 15000 people requested her removal last time, and this time the poll is already over 10000.

  2. Patricia Phelan Reply

    I think she has a very prejudiced attitude and she should be sacked – but I also believe that we should be entitled to speak up. The problem is that the ABC is not balanced in broadcasting all views – it is biased and rarely presents alternative views to the Green/Labor ideologies – conservatives are treated as “the other side” or politically incorrect. This woman needs to be sacked – or deported – or both!

  3. Terri Reply

    Yassmin Abdel-magied speaks for me.
    I totally agree with her. We should be thinking of all the damage done by war on ANZAC day.
    They keep saying Lest we forget but its obvious that we are forgetting.
    All the puff and bluff about our soldiers who died. They were poor young men and boys used as cannon fodder by those safety tucked away in their offices.
    Our boys were trained to kill other mothers sons.
    War always was and will always be a disgrace.
    Yassmin Abdel-Magied speaks for me

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