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ABC backs presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied after she's savaged for 'disrespecting Anzacs'

9News.com.au logo 9News.com.au 25/04/2017 Kate Kachor

The ABC has backed presenter Yassmin Abdel-Magied after she was blasted on social media for an Anzac Day post that sparked offence.

The host of ABC 24's Australia Wide program suggested in a Facebook post yesterday that Australians should spare a thought for those on Manus Island and in Syria instead of Anzacs.

"Lest We Forget (Manus.Nauru. Syria. Palestine)," she wrote.

She was forced to delete the post after receiving a barrage of comments from irate social users.

But calls have grown on Wednesday for the presenter to be sacked over her controversial comments.

“Absolutely she should be sacked,” Commentator and psychologist Sandy Rea said on the TODAY show this morning.

“It’s completely inappropriate, she’s become totally infatuated with her own sense of importance and I think this young woman needs to be brought down a rank or two,” Ms Rea said.

Abdel-Magied has apologised for comments in a follow up post after the original one was deleted.

"It was brought to my attention that my last post was disrespectful, and for that, I apologise unreservedly," she wrote.

While the 26-year-old author may have hoped her apology would be taken for what it was, Abdel-Magied found herself the target of venomous, racist abuse.

"...disgusting ... disrespecting our country's veterans," one incensed Facebook user wrote.

The ABC last night said it would not take any action against the "part-time presenter".

“Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC,” the broadcaster said in a statement.

Liberal senator Eric Abetz labelled Abdel-Magied's Facebook post "unfortunate", "disrespectful" and "deeply reprehensible".

"Tens of thousands of Australians, from all walks of life, have gone to war and paid the ultimate sacrifice. Today, we pay tribute to them – not seek to use their sacrifice for cheap political point scoring as Ms Abdel Magied has done," he said.

"The freedom she enjoys to make such disrespectful comments is what the people whom we commemorate today fought and died for. But that is where self-discipline, respect and decency need to be added into the equation, something Ms Abdel Magied has displayed she lacks."

Abdel-Magied is not shy of controversy; in February this year she engaged in a screaming row with Senator Jacqui Lambie on Q&A.

During the verbal stoush Abdel-Magied said Islam was a feminist religion and also appeared to condone sharia law.

Last month Abdel-Magied arbitrated a show on SBS called The Truth About Racism which featured an African, Asian, Aboriginal, Muslim and a white Australian male with far right views – Nick Folkes.

But the show was quickly denounced by Mr Folkes who told The Australian he was “stitched up” and the show was really about proving the white guy to be a racist.

Like the ABC, the SBS stood by Abdel-Magied, saying Mr Folkes was given ample time to air his opinions.

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