Thursday 27 October 2016

TV presenter sparks debate after Muslim immigration comments live on air

Catherine Devine

Published 18/07/2016 | 11:01

An Australian TV presenter called for an end to Muslim immigration saying “the more Muslims we import, the more danger we are in”.

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Sonia Kruger, the host of Channel Nine’s The Voice and Today Extra was discussing the massacre in Nice when she said she agreed with Donald Trump’s stance on immigration.

“There is a correlation between the number of people in a country who are Muslim and the number of terrorist attacks,” she said live on air.

“I have a lot of very good friends who are Muslim, who are peace-loving, who are beautiful people, but there are fanatics.

“Personally, I would like to see it stop now for Australia. I want to feel safe and I want to see freedom of speech.”

Kruger was backed by Channel Nine which released a statement citing “freedom of speech”.

“Nine’s view is that we believe in freedom of speech and the Mixed Grill segment on the Today show is a place where that happens. Sonia, [and the other presenters] David and Lisa each expressed a variety of opinions on the show this morning.”

“I want to feel safe, as all of our citizens do when they go out to celebrate Australia Day, and I’d like to see freedom of speech,” Kruger said.

Her remarks were challenged by her co-host, David Campbell, who said: “I’d like to see freedom of religion as well, as well as freedom of speech. They both go hand in hand.”

Kruger said the victims of Nice would agree with her and as a mother she felt it was “vital” to be able to discuss the issue.

“I would venture that if you spoke to the parents of those children killed in Nice, they would be of the same opinion.”

The reaction to her comments on Twitter were mixed with some users calling her "brave" and others slamming her for being "intolerant".

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