Journalist Peter Akman no longer works for CTV after infamous coronavirus tweet

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      CTV has parted ways with a senior investigative reporter after he came under intense public criticism for a tweet.

      Peter Akman apologized on January 26 for the original tweet, in which he expressed relief over not getting the coronavirus while getting a haircut.

      Most controversially, he included a photo of himself beside his barber, a man of Asian ancestry who was wearing a surgical mask.

      "My barber told me he was offering everyone masks," Akman stated on Twitter. "I apologize for any offence I may have caused."

      He deleted the original tweet after it provoked widespread outrage.

      Today, journalist Sean Craig tweeted that Bell Media, which owns CTV, has confirmed that Akman is no longer an employee.

      Akman was most recently on the W5 show and prior to that, he had been a reporter in conflict zones. 

      In 1999, he graduated with an English and communications degree from Simon Fraser University. He won an outstanding SFU alumni award in 2018.