China Bans BBC World News Amid Diplomatic Row

The Chinese National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) announced that BBC World News has been banned in their country a week after the British broadcasting regulator Ofcom revoked the license of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN.

Ofcom said it had withdrawn a license for CGTN to broadcast in the United Kingdom after it found out that CGTN’s license was held by Star China Media Ltd.

The NRTA explained that recent BBC World News reports about China allegedly violated their broadcast guidelines and harmed China’s national interests.

No specific program was mentioned but BBC recently reported on alleged torture and rape occurring in Uighur concentration camps and their response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In response to the ban, the BBC said it was disappointed with the decision.

“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 favor,” said the BBC.

NRTA added that BBC’s application to air in China for another year would not be accepted.

Britain’s Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab commented that China’s actions curtailed media freedom.


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