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- British activist (born 1977)
Broadcaster Maajid Nawaz dramatically left LBC Radio on Friday amid controversy over tweets about Covid vaccines.
Mr Nawaz, 43, who presented at the weekend on the London radio station, had queried the use of booster jabs amid the Omicron variant surge.
In a statement, the radio station said: “Maajid Nawaz’s contract with LBC is up very shortly and following discussions with him, Maajid will no longer present a show on LBC with immediate effect.
“We thank Maajid for the contribution he has made to LBC and wish him well.”
Mr Nawaz tweeted in response: “I refuse to go quietly into the night.
“I have a wife and child to support and my show was our family’s only source of income. Thank you.”
He added: “I had been scheduled to appear tomorrow (Saturday). I did not quit. My contract expires in April 2022. Make of that what you will. I’m off. Permanently.”
Last month, the radio host was criticised by his colleague Iain Dale over a “dangerously irresponsible” tweet.
Referring to the booster jab, Mr Nawaz wrote online: “What we do know already, backed up by much academic research, is that MASS-VACCINATION DURING A PANDEMIC, with a jab that has not been studied for long-term side effects, could be doing more harm than good.”
Mr Dale responded: “Enough.
“What we do know already is that it’s dangerously irresponsible to tweet this kind of deranged rubbish.
“What it is designed to do is to sow seeds of doubt in people’s minds. What is more dangerous is not to have the jabs.
“Given you’ve had them, why do you tweet this garbage?”
Mr Nawaz, who is vaccinated but has said he will not get the booster, wrote “Thuglife” in response to Mr Dale calling him dangerous.
He further said that those who condemned him were “unable to respond to any of the substance or points raised”.