Row after Sky News reporter says its Ukraine coverage was ‘too white’

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Racist spat erupts on Sky News after senior journalist claims its Ukraine war coverage is ‘too white’

  • Inzamam Rashid claims ‘not a single person of color has been covering up the crisis’
  • The channel’s award-winning special correspondent Alex Crawford has hit back
  • Rashid suspended for three months after Covid-19 breach in 2020

A racist row has erupted on Sky News after a senior journalist claimed his coverage of the war in Ukraine was “too white”.

Inzamam Rashid complained to Sky News boss John Ryley that “not a single person of colour is covering this crisis live or on air”.

But the channel’s award-winning special correspondent, Alex Crawford, hit back at Rashid, who attended the December 2020 hostess Kay Burley for violating Covid-19 rules ) for his 60th birthday and was suspended for three months.

Inzamam Rashid complained to Sky News boss John Ryley that ‘not a single person of colour is covering up this crisis live or on air’

In an email to colleagues, Crawford wrote: “It is not entirely true to say in our coverage of Ukraine ‘there is not a single person of color on and off screen.’ My Chinese mother and grandmother would Shocked by their daughter/granddaughter’s inheritance being taken away.

“I’m pretty sure Neville Lazarus, who is currently in Odessa; Zein Ja’far, who will be returning to Ukraine for his second job; plus Dominic van Helden who recently returned from a trip (Dominique Van Heerden) will disagree with you.

Other Sky News staff were also outraged by Mr Rashid’s claims.

“I don’t think we should take too much guidance from the people who bring the company into disrepute,” one told the Post on Sunday.


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The channel’s award-winning special correspondent Alex Crawford hits back at Rashid – who was in December 2020 hostess Kay Burley for violating Covid-19 rules was suspended for three months for his 60th birthday

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