A BBC journalist has been heavily criticised after she used offensive language during a news broadcast about a young black man who was seriously injured in a racially-motivated attack.
Fiona Lamdin said the victim, a National Health Service staffer, was deliberately hit by a car and verbally abused as he walked home from work this week.
In her broadcast about the attack on Wednesday morning (local time), the reporter detailed the incident.
“Just to warn you, you’re about to hear highly offensive language because as the men ran away they hurled racial abuse… calling him a ’n***er’,” she said.
Horrified viewers were quick to slam Ms Lamdin following the segment, with many taking to her Twitter page to let the grievances known.
“If no one in the editorial team dared to stop the explicit use of offensive language; you should have. Buck stops with you,” one person said.
“Hi, I'm just wondering why you thought it's acceptable to drop the n-word in your report on BBC News? Didn't you get the memo? Non-Black people can never say that word, even when describing a racist incident,” a woman wrote.
Family wanted me to share this awful image after their son was deliberately run over by a car & racially abused as he walked home from work. pic.twitter.com/GKPxhGiSHd— Fiona Lamdin (@FionaLamdin) July 28, 2020
Others urged people to keep their attention on the attack itself.
A BBC spokesperson has since issued a statement about the controversial broadcast.
“This was a story about a shocking unprovoked attack on a young black man. His family told the BBC about the racist language used by the attackers and wanted to see the full facts made public,” the spokesperson said, according to Radio Times.
“A warning was given before this was reported. We are no longer running this version of the report but are continuing to pursue the story.”
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