Journalists and broadcasters have come out in force in support of Naga Munchetty after the BBC said she breached guidelines by criticising Donald Trump.

The BBC Breakfast host condemned comments made by the president about political rivals, after he told female Democrats to "go back" to their own counties.

The presenter earned plaudits for her decision to speak about her struggles and share her experiences of being told herself to "go back to your own country".

Speaking on BBC Breakfast on July 17, in the aftermath of Mr Trump's online remarks, she said: "Every time I have been told, as a woman of colour, to go back to where I came from, that was embedded in racism.

"Now, I'm not accusing anyone of anything here, but you know what certain phrases mean."

Mr Trump had shared posted several messages on Twitter in which he made references to politicians Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.

They are US citizens and three were born in America.

A spokeswoman for the BBC said: "The ECU ruled that while Ms Munchetty was entitled to give a personal response to the phrase 'go back to your own country' as it was rooted in her own experience, overall her comments went beyond what the guidelines allow for."

Following the decision journalists and broadcasters took to social media to vent their anger at the BBC's decision.