Saturday, August 22, 2009

BBC race row as Sikh listeners threaten Muslim radio presenter over religious symbol

The BBC's Asian Network has become embroiled in a race row after Sikh listeners accused the flagship digital radio station of being insensitive towards their religion. The BBC was forced to remove a show from its website after Muslim presenter Adil Ray received threats from Sikhs who said he had denigrated one of their religious symbols. Members of the Sikh community complained that Mr Ray had been disparaging about whether they really needed to carry kirpan daggers. During the show, Mr Ray was discussing a Punjabi music concert in Canada where police had refused entry to Sikhs wearing kirpans.

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