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Channel 4 accused of 'TOKENISM' over Muslim presenter presenting Fatima Manji Bastille Day TERR0R

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Channel 4 accused of 'TOKENISM' over Muslim presenter presenting Fatima Manji Bastille Day TERR0R VIDEO: Channel 4 accused of 'tokenism' after putting hijab-wearing Muslim Fatima Manji in anchor's chair the day after Bastille Day truck terror attack Channel 4 News used presenter Fatima Manji to front Bastille Day coverage Minority of viewers took offence to female Muslim presenter wearing hijab Some said it was 'tokenism' on the part of the channel following massacre But hundreds of people have now taken to social media to defend Manji A row has broken out over Channel 4's decision to use a Muslim reporter to front its coverage of the Bastille Day terror attack, with some accusing the show of 'tokenism' and others leaping to the presenter's defence. Fatima Manji, who has been with the programme for four years, presented the coverage of the Bastille Day massacre in Nice on Friday night from the studio in London. But a minority of viewers took exception to a woman in a hijab hosting the show and took to Twitter to voice their complaints. Some accused Channel 4 of 'tokenism' - although Manji and Channel 4 have both said she had been scheduled to work that Friday evening before events in Nice took place. Lithlad wrote: '#C4News use a Muslim in a headscarf to read the news in the studio. Bless their cotton socks.' Stevesearcher added: 'Why don't #C4News put a woman in a Burka reading the News and while they are it she should be chaperoned by a male relative beside her!' But many more Twitter users leaped to the reporter's defence, accusing those who criticised her role as presenter as 'Islamophobic'. Myriam François wrote: 'Shocked by this blatant bigotry directed [at Manji] - Muslim journos apparently not objective - only older white males are.' Pam Smith said: 'Fatima Manji is very good at presenting the news. What have her clothes got to do with it?' Hifzha Shaheen added: 'So, basically Muslim communities are to blame for the Nice attack? Much love to @FatimaManji. Keep doing your thing x.' Shalini Austin said: 'Fatima Manji is very good at her job, that is all I care about. Her religion & what she wears is none of my business.' Frances Ryan added: 'So bloody sorry to see what you're having to deal with today. You are brilliant x.' Manji wrote on Twitter following the show: 'To those asking, yes my presenting tonight was long planned - had thought it might be a quiet Friday, instead very tragic.' She joined Channel 4 News in January 2012 and has worked on a number of stories including NatWest banking problems, Apple unwittingly encouraging phone theft and returning to her own school to look at job prospects for school leavers. She previously worked as a reporter, presenter and video journalist for the BBC in the East of England.