Monday 30th November 2015, London, UK – Sikh Press Association press officer Jasveer Singh was named winner of the Media Services award at a historic Gurpurb event held at the Houses of Parliament last week, hosted by The Sikh Network, Sikh Federation and All Party Parliamentary Group.
The event was attended by MP’s Fiona Mactaggart, Pat McFadden, John Spellar, Emma Reynolds, Keith Vaz, Stephen Timms, Kate Green, Seema Malhotra, Marie Rimmer, Jonathan Ashworth, Imran Hussain, Khalid Mahmood, Julian Knight, Bob Blackman.
Jasveer Singh says, “It is impossible for me to accept this award as an individual, as everything I have done has been part of a team effort. We would humbly like to thank The Sikh Network for this recognition. The Sikh Network is an organisation which encompasses many sevadars representing various organisations that work hard on panthic matters, making this award all the more special”.
Sikh Press Association advisor Randeep Singh collected the award and said, “The Gurpurb celebrations in parliament were fantastic and the perfect occasion to highlight the contribution of those tirelessly working for the Sikh community”.
Jas Singh of the Sikh Network says, “Through identifying a gap to better connect with and be represented by the mainstream media, Sikh PA have aided the Sikh community. The organisation was launched just a year ago. In that year, they have been bridging that gap and Jasveer has been covering key Sikh issues nonstop. His tireless accurate reporting and coverage has been a huge asset to both the Sikh Community and the wider UK public. Although Jasveer is awarded the recognition, we also acknowledge the excellent contribution by the whole Sikh PA team.”
The Sikh Press Association was formally set up in February 2015 with a remit to provide an interface between the mainstream media and the Sikh community, delivering publicity for the panth. During this time we have received lots of support from the community as well as a growing number of mainstream media outlets and journalists.
Sikh PA work under the banner of charity Everythings13 and are run entirely on donations.
Sunny Singh, Director of Everythings13 says, “It was lovely to see Jasveer being recognised for the work he has done. It’s a great responsibility to ensure that the Sikh community have fair media representation and receiving this award from well-respected organisations in the Sikh community provides the Sikh PA with greater encouragement that it’s making a positive impact.”