GB News: Crowd boos BBC after Nick Robinson interview clip
Presenter Nick Robinson has hit back at criticism following his BBC Radio 4 coverage about racial tensions mounting in Tunisia.
During Tuesday’s instalment of his Radio 4 show, a Twitter user called @Skia_dm fumed: “’What do Arab people here think about the Africans?’ Which continent does Nick Robinson think he’s in, in Tunisia? Europe? #r4today.”
They also claimed: “The framing of this story and use of the term sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is very anti-Black and derogatory.”
However, Nick directly responded to her criticism, explaining: “I am reporting from Tunisia using the language used by locals, migrants, NGOs, the UNHCR and everyone else. I wonder where you are when you criticise?” (sic)
Some social media users who were also tuned into his Tunisia coverage rallied to Nick’s defence.
Replying to Nick, John said: “We all know exactly what you mean @bbcnickrobinson.
“Some people on this platform must just look for ways to criticise and spend their whole days doing so.”
Prof Colin Talbot added: “Most people in the Maghreb region and some parts of the Sahel think of themselves as Arabs, not Africans. ‘Africans’ usually refers to the inhabitants of sub-Saharan Africa.
“So no, @bbcnickrobinson is not being stupid. He’s talking to locals the way they talk about themselves.”
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Sfax is a departure point for many migrants who are hoping to reach Italy by sea, usually the island of Lampedusa.
During the Radio 4 show, Nick spoke to a taxi driver in Sfax about the situation unfolding in the country.
“It’s a weird site,” Nick began. “Here is this line of yellow taxis, behind us the banks and the hotels and the smart store, but in the middle are all these people from Africa. How do you feel about that?”
He added: “What do Arab people here in Sfax think about the Africans because there has been trouble, hasn’t there?”
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The taxi driver replied: “They want them to leave, that’s all because our country cannot afford their food or where they can live.”
“In one home, more than 50 people are living there,” he also claimed.
According to Al Jazeera, many migrants have been trapped for up to six days, with some reportedly drinking seawater as they were so thirsty.
However, Tunisian President Kais Saied has said refugees and migrants are being treated well.
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