Australian television station SBS has decided to fire host Scott McIntyre for “disrespectful” tweets for ANZAC Day.
SBS says Scott McIntyre’s remarks violated the organization’s code of conduct.
Chirping on the centenary of Gallipoli’s landing in Turkey during World War I, Scott McIntyre wrote that Australian and New Zealand soldiers had carried out “short-term executions, widespread rape and theft.”
Some reporters criticized SBS’s move.
They suggested that the dismissal of Scott McIntyre was against the principle of freedom of speech.
Scott McIntyre, who was a SBS football reporter and TV presenter, posted a series of tweets on April 25.
The presenter wrote: “Remembering the execution, the mass rape and theft committed by these<смели>> Anzacs in Egypt, Palestine and Japan.
“Cultivating an imperialist invasion of a foreign nation that Australia has not fought with is against all the ideals of modern society.”
Australian Communications Minister Malcolm Turnbull described the posts as “disgusting”.
“It’s hard to come up with more offensive or inappropriate comments.” he wrote.
Scott McIntyre has so far not publicly commented on his dismissal.