BBC reporter apologizes for giving Hitler salute
Chris Rogers was filmed giving a Nazi salute while working on documentary on anti-Semitic football fans in Poland and Ukraine.
BBC journalist Chris Rogers was filmed giving a Nazi salute and goose stepping while working on the set of a documentary on anti-Semitic football fans in Poland and Ukraine during Euro 2012, the Daily Mail reported.
The film came out two years ago, but reports of the incident just surfaced. Rogers apologized, admitting he displayed a "lack of judgment" and said while it was entirely a joke, he realized it was "deeply inappropriate" and does not detract from the racism in football the program reported on.
The BBC reprimanded Rogers' behavior and he was temporarily suspended from the project following an investigation.
Jonathan Ornstein, executive director of the Jewish Community Centre of Krakow, told the Daily Mail he strongly condemned Rogers' actions and said the entire production was problematic. "Looking at the issue of racism in Poland while at the same time making light of it in this way is the height of hypocrisy," he was quoted as saying.
Mr. Ornstein, an American-born Jew who has lived in Poland for 13 years and was interviewed for the program, said he felt exploited by the makers of the film, and complained that the images used in were also selective. The BBC refuted those claims.
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