Shami Chakrabarti, director of civil rights group Liberty, is backing sacked shock-jock Jon Gaunt who was fired by talkSPORT radio for calling a councillor "a Nazi".
In a letter sent to talkSPORT on behalf of Gaunt, the Liberty director said: “…As someone who has been on the receiving end of Jon Gaunt’s blunt polemic in print and on the radio, I believe that the airwaves of a great democracy would be the poorer for his absence. I urge you to reinstate Mr Gaunt’s programme without delay and have offered him support in the unlikely and unfortunate event that recourse to the Human Rights Act proves necessary.”
Gaunt, also a Sun columnist, is known for his right-wing views. He called Shami Chakrabarti the “most dangerous woman in Britain,” in his column in the Sun newspaper on June 19 2007 and has often voiced his opposition to the Human Rights Act. He told The Independent on Saturday he was the "antidote to the lefty consensus". Gaunt has already won support from another unlikely source, Mark Lawson in The Guardian. You can read the full text of Liberty's letter to talkSPORT here. Gaunt claims on his website Gaunty.com that 15,000 supporters have called for his reinstatement.
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