Broadcasters Face Backlash Over Interviewing Britain First

Twitter users have criticised TV networks for "giving Britain First a platform"

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Television broadcasters that have been criticised for "giving Britain First a platform" after they reportedly interviewed Jayda Fransen, the Deputy Leader of the far-right nationalist party.

The backlash came after Donald Trump retweeted three inflammatory videos published to Twitter by Fransen, who was arrested over her use of "threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour" in speeches made in Belfast earlier this month.

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When Today presenter Nick Robinson tweeted that Trump's retweets "may may be giving racists & extremists the publicity they crave," Twitter users were quick to call out a number of broadcasters for giving Fransen "free airtime".

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Writer Louis Staples tweeted: "So disappointing that the BBC + Channel 4 have chosen to interview Jayda Fransen from Britain First. Fully understand that it's a huge story, but there are ways of covering it that don't involve giving a fascist facing prison for inciting racial hatred more of a platform."

Podcast host Jolyon Rubinstein‏ said: "Trump has legitimised Britain First. This is the most disgusting part of it. They are now being interviewed by the BBC. Come on smarten up."

Britain First leader Paul Golding shared clips of Fransen's interviews on Twitter. A spokesperson for the BBC has confirmed that the organisation did conduct an interview with the Deputy Leader, but it wasn't broadcast.

The diplomatic incident has escalated since Fransen's interviews were shared. After Theresa May's spokesperson said it was "wrong" for the president to retweet Britain First's videos, Trump has told the Prime Minister to focus on "terrorism" in the UK.