The ABC says it wouldn’t have let Zaky Mallah on its show if it’d known he was a misogynist. But is that reasoning a bit off?
Following a week of criticism aimed at ABC show Q&A, host Tony Jones has defended the controversial decision to allow audience member Zaky Mallah onto the show.
Addressing the controversy on last night’s Q&A episode, host Tony Jones sought to clarify a few facts in the first minute of Monday’s broadcast.
“Others can and no doubt will judge this program and the ABC … but it is appropriate to put a few facts on the record,” he began.
“The Q&A team were not aware at the time Zaky Mallah appeared of the very offensive and misogynistic tweet that he put out about two female journalists,” Jones said. “Had we known, we would have rejected his participation.”
The tweet Jones referred to, sent in January, suggested that female journalists Miranda Devine and Rita Panahi “need to be gangbanged”.
Jones went on to, rather sensibly, point out that the ABC’s charter requires the presentation of “a diversity of perspectives so that over time no significant strand of thought or belief within the community is knowingly excluded nor disproportionately represented”.
Watch the original Zaky Mallah comment here (post continues after video):