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London: A Sikh panellist disrupted BBC’s ‘Sunday Morning Live’ show over lack of media coverage of violence against Sikhs in Punjab, a media report said.

“I have to say Sikhs are being killed in Punjab and nobody is reporting it. Please report it,” Jagmeet Singh, representing Britain’s educational charity Basics of Sikhi, said as he stood up in front of the camera interrupting presenter Sian Williams, the Independent reported on Monday.

Williams responded by threatening to have Singh thrown out of the show.

“Jagmeet I will have to get you taken out unless you are polite and show respect for guests here and our audience at home,” she was quoted as saying.

After the altercation, Williams diverted viewers’ attention to an unrelated clip. When cameras returned towards the panel, Singh was gone.

Basics of Sikhi later accused the presenter of “belittling” Singh.

“So disappointed by the BBC’s treatment of Jagmeet Singh on Sunday Morning Live this morning. The presenter shut down Singh and repeatedly belittled him from bringing up the issue of violence against Sikhs in Punjab,” the charity posted on Facebook.

“On live TV, unplanned things happen and this was dealt with professionally and appropriately by Sian,” a BBC spokesperson said about the incident.

Sunday Morning Live is a religious and current affairs discussion programme aired on BBC One.

(IANS)

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BBC Demands White House Security Review After Cameraman Attacked at Trump Rally

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said journalists should never be assaulted for just doing their jobs.

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FILE - U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in El Paso, Texas, Feb. 11, 2019. The British Broadcasting Corporation has asked the White House for a review of security arrangements after a BBC cameraman was assaulted at the rally. VOA

The British Broadcasting Corporation is asking the White House for a security review after a BBC cameraman was attacked at a Trump rally Monday night in El Paso, Texas.

Camera Ron Skeans was unhurt after a Trump supporter wearing a trademark “Make America Great Again” hat jumped onto the media platform and started shoving him.

BBC reporter Gary O’Donoghue said the man tried to smash the camera before he was restrained. He could be heard yelling profanities at TV reporters and crews as another Trump supporter pulled him away.

President Trump paused, asked if everything was “OK,” and continued his speech about building a border wall, and talking more about the “totally dishonest media.”

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O’Donoghue says the attack came after Trump “repeatedly goaded the crowd over supposed media bias.”

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Tuesday “President Trump condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people, including members of the press. We ask that anyone attending an event to do so in a peaceful and respectful manner.”

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said journalists should never be assaulted for just doing their jobs.

“There is a broader issue here, which is that last year, 80 journalists were killed across the world. … We are very worried about this,” he said.

A BBC bureau chief said there was no security around the media platform, and no policemen intervened during or after the cameraman was assaulted.

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The media has been one of Trump’s chief targets for insults since he started his presidential campaign. He has berated reporters during news conferences, accused television networks of lying, and constantly refers to The New York Times — the country’s premier newspaper — as “failing” and “gutless.” (VOA)