BBC News journalist ‘trolled Jewish presenter Emma Barnett after Wiley antisemitism row using secret Twitter account’

Emma Barnett
A BBC journalist trolled a Jewish radio presenter after the Wiley anti-semitism row using a secret Twitter account, it has been reported.

Nimesh Thaker is accused of using a the social media account under the moniker Not That Bothered to support attacks against BBC Radio 5 Live presenter Emma Barnett.

Emma, whose grandmother fled Austria to escape the Nazis, user her programme to condemn anti-semitism following rapper Wiley's outburst in July.

The presenter claimed that his comments had fuelled anti-semitic online abuse and she further criticised Twitter for not removing the musician's shocking posts quickly enough.

Wiley was banned from Twitter and dropped by his manager after a rant in July which included calls for Jewish people to "crawl out" and defend their "privilege".

Now screenshots seen by the Jewish Chronicle appear to show that Mr Thaker's alleged Twitter account trolled Emma after her speech and retweeting one post accusing her of using "the same old 'antisemitism' excuse whenever people criticise Israel".

The account also suggested Israel was a "racist" and "white supremacist state".

It also called Tony Hall, the outgoing BBC director-general, a "white male Tory".
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Screenshots published in the Jewish Chronicle show how it appears Mr Thaker exposed his involved with the account by using it to contact sources for his work at the BBC.

Mr Thaker, who has worked for the BBC for more than a decade, is now being investigated by the Beeb.


A BBC spokesman told The Sun Online: "The BBC takes allegations of this nature extremely seriously, and while we cannot comment on individual staff issues, we have robust processes in place to investigate any such matters with urgency."

Screenshots seen by the Jewish Chronicle show that Mr Thaker's alleged Twitter account supported attacks against Ms Barnett, Israel and Tony Hall, the outgoing BBC director-general
Screenshots seen by the Jewish Chronicle show that Mr Thaker's alleged Twitter account supported attacks against Ms Barnett, Israel and Tony Hall, the outgoing BBC director-general
Mr Thaker, who has worked for the BBC for over 10 years, used Not That Bothered to make contact with sources for reports he was making for the BBC - seemingly exposing his involvement with the account, the Jewish Chronicle reported
Mr Thaker, who has worked for the BBC for over 10 years, used Not That Bothered to make contact with sources for reports he was making for the BBC - seemingly exposing his involvement with the account, the Jewish Chronicle reported
The inquiry has come as of director-general Tim Davie has stepped into Mr Hall's position.

Emma condemned rapper Wiley after he said in an Instagram video: "Crawl out from under your little rocks and defend your Jewish privilege."

Twitter was then accused of "ignoring antisemitism", as the rapper's tweets were still up 12 hours after he first wrote them.

Speaking on her BBC radio show, Emma read out his tweets and said: "Those words burn, I'm sure I don't need to tell most of you that, but just in case I do, they burn deep and they are deeply dispiriting and they play on a very well hidden fear a lot of Jewish people have, that some day antisemitism will rise up once more, because antisemitism is fresh and so raw for us."

The Jewish Chronicle also reported how the Not That Bothered account retweeted a post by left-wing activist Jackie Walker - who was expelled from Labour last year for "prejudicial" behaviour during an antisemitism row.

The account also retweeted top Corbynista accounts such as The Canary editor Kerry-Anne Mendoza and Rachael Swindon and in defence of Corbyn's links to the IRA.

Not That Bothered retweeted a post by Kerry-Anne suggesting the "antisemitism witch-hunt" was heading for a "face-off" with the Black Lives Matter movement.

The Sun Online contacted Mr Thaker for a comment.


In an address to staff this lunchtime, Tim Davie warned the BBC must change to survive and that it doesn't have a "right to exist".

"I do not want a subscription BBC that serves the few," Mr Davie said today.

Source: Daily mail