Overnight the ABC issued a statement to The New Daily online publication and other media are apparently being referred to this article by the ABC.
The ABC won’t take any action against Yassmin Abdel-Magied after the Muslim activist sparked outrage with an Anzac Day Facebook post asking Australians to also remember those on Manus Island, Nauru, Syria and Palestine.
The host of the ABC’s weekend program Australia Wide felt the wrath of social media users after posting: “Lest We Forget (Manus. Nauru. Syria. Palestine)”.
A spokesperson for the public broadcaster said the “part-time presenter” was also engaged in other activities that did not relate to the organisation.
“Her views and opinions in that capacity are her own and do not represent those of the ABC,” the spokesperson told The New Daily.
The ABC appears to have forgotten about its own social media policy.
Firstly, she made her post on Facebook - which brings into into the coverage of the policy.
Secondly, the policy itself tells us whether or not she's subject to its provisions, they don't get to pick and choose - read on:
The ABC itself says she's a worker. This is from the ABC's QandA website
You can also find Yassmin presenting on TV, currently hosting ABC's weekly show, Australia Wide. She is a regular on Q&A, The Drum, The Project, and internationally on the BBC. On radio, Yassmin is a regular on Triple J's Hack, Radio National, and moonlights as a casual broadcaster on ABC Local. She is the host of the motorsport podcast Motor Mouth, and is the host for the groundbreaking documentary The Truth About Racism, due for release in March 2017.
Ms Abdel-Magied made her offensive post to the internet, once published there's no putting the genie back in the bottle.
Is that likely to bring the ABC into disrepute?
So far 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for her sacking.
I've fielded hundreds upon hundreds of Twitter messages about the issue.
It's certainly diminished my opinion of the ABC.
Breach of Trade Mark
Beyond the offensive nature of her post itself, the term Lest We Forget is a registered Trade Mark.
It's owned by the RSL for and on behalf of our returned men and women.
It's permitted to be used on floral wreaths, messages of condolence for service men's families and the like.
It's registered and protect for a reason - precisely so it can't be abused in the way Ms smart-arse has done.
It's not the plaything of Muslim shit-stirrers.
Try using Spirit of Australia, WhichBank or "Oh What A Feeling" within the category for which those Trade Marks are registered.
What is a trade mark?
A trade mark is a way of distinguishing the goods or services of your business from those of other businesses. It gives you exclusive rights to commercially use, license or sell the trade mark. This means that no one else in Australia can commercially use your trade mark within the class of goods and services it's registered under.
Any feature (or combination of features) that distinguishes your goods or services from others can be registered as a trade mark, such as a letter, number, word, phrase, sound, smell, shape, logo, picture or aspect of packaging.
If your business is bringing a unique product or service to market and will be using some form of branding, a trade mark is a legally enforceable way to protect:
- aspect of packaging
- any combination of these that distinguishes your product from another.
Worker for the ABC - check.
Bringing the ABC into disrepute - check.
Why are you running a protection racket for her Ms Guthrie?