The Channel 4 News team has just very publicly thrown down the gauntlet to Boris Johnson

Channel 4 news team and Boris Johnson
Emily Apple

Following accusations by the foreign secretary, the Channel 4 News team has issued a direct challenge to Boris Johnson. And now, people are waiting to see if he accepts their offer of an interview.

“Fair and square”

The foreign secretary had earlier tried to discredit allegations of election fraud that arose from the joint investigation by Channel 4 News and The Observer. He tweeted:

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Channel 4 News‘s head of communications Hayley Barlow was not impressed. She tweeted:

Her tweet was retweeted by Channel 4 News anchor Jon Snow. And journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy also threw down the gauntlet:

The allegations

Whistleblower Shahmir Sanni accused Vote Leave of overspending. Johnson was a figurehead of the organisation. And according to claims in The Observer, it made a £625,000 donation to a separate referendum campaign, BeLeave.

This money was registered as a donation. But Sanni claims the campaigns shared an office, and Vote Leave advised BeLeave on how to spend the money. Under electoral law, election campaign groups are not allowed to coordinate activities. If they do, the spending has to be capped as if it was a single campaign group.

All those named in the allegations have denied any wrongdoing.

Johnson in hiding

People quickly started speculating over why Johnson wouldn’t do the interview:

Another Twitter user had a cunning plan to attract Johnson’s presence:

Although, what would be the point?

Some people suggested there might be very little to learn from interviewing Johnson:

Others pointed out Johnson’s history of lying and blunders:

Cowardly

Ultimately, as other social media users have pointed out, Johnson’s position is cowardly. If the foreign secretary thinks it’s appropriate to lambast serious investigative journalism as “ludicrous”, he should take the interview.

The Channel 4 News team has issued a direct challenge to Johnson. We’ll just have to wait and see if he has the courage to accept.

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