China bans BBC World News from broadcasting

China bans BBC World News from broadcasting
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Daily US Times: China television and radio regulator announced on Thursday that the country has banned BBC World News from broadcasting there.

China has criticised the BBC for its reporting on coronavirus pandemic and the persecution of ethnic minority Uighurs.

The BBC said it was “disappointed” by China’s decision.

It follows British media regulator Ofcom revoking state broadcaster China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) licence to broadcast in the United Kingdom.

Earlier this month, Ofcom’s decision came after it found that CGTN’s licence was wrongfully held by Star China Media Ltd.

CGTN was also found in breach of British broadcasting regulations last year, for broadcasting the allegedly forced confession of UK citizen Peter Humphrey.

China’s State Film, TV and Radio Administration said about their decision that BBC World News reports about China were found to “seriously violate” broadcast guidelines, including “the requirement that news should be truthful and fair” and not “harm China’s national interests”.

The administration said that the BBC’s application to air for another year would not be accepted.

A statement from the BBC said: ‘We are disappointed that the Chinese authorities have decided to take this course of action. The BBC is the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster and reports on stories from around the world fairly, impartially and without fear or favour.”

The commercially-funded BBC World News TV channel airs globally in English. In China it is largely restricted and appears only in some diplomatic compounds and international hotels, meaning most Chinese people cannot view it.

Dominic Raab, British Foreign Secretary, called the move an “unacceptable curtailing of media freedom”.

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