Emily Maitlis returns to BBC Newsnight with message about US riots
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Emily Maitlis returns to BBC Newsnight with message about US riots

Emily Maitlis has returned to Newsnight for the first time since the controversy over her comments over Boris Johnson’s top aide.

The BBC presenter was found to have violated the BBC’s impartiality guidelines following her monologue on Dominic Cummings last week, the Express reports.

The BBC said her introduction to the show – telling viewers that Mr Cummings had “broken the rules” and “the country can see that, and it’s shocked the Government cannot”, did not meet its standards on impartiality.

She returned to the show on Monday, but did not mention the row during an episode focusing on the protests that have broken out across the US in response to the death of an unarmed black man.

George Floyd died after a white Minneapolis police officer held his knee on his neck for several minutes.



Putting into perspective the extent of the demonstrations, she said: “American cities are seeing the most wide-scale outpouring of civil unrest since the 1960s.

“The anger has brought protesters face-to-face with riot police. The last 48 hours have seen curfews, stand-offs, looting, hand-grenades and a president who sought refuge from the crowds in his own bunker.

“Donald Trump today called on his state governors to be more robust – ‘dominate’ was the word he used so they did not look like ‘jerks’, his quote.”

“It is not, perhaps, the shock of the event that has brought so many onto the streets, but the sinking feeling of familiarity.”

In the footage following Ms Maitlis’ introduction, protesters are seen paying tribute to George Floyd at the scene of his murder.

Following the controversy over Mr Cummings, Maitlis did not appear as scheduled on an episode of Newsnight, saying she asked for the evening off.

The presenter, widely lauded for her interview with the Duke of York last year, said she has been “overwhelmed” by support from viewers after her monologue on Mr Cummings.

The 49-year-old broadcaster tweeted: “Been overwhelmed by all the kindness, messages – and support on here – and I’ve probably missed much of it.

“A big thank you from us all at Newsnight.”

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