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US condemns China’s ban on BBC World News

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The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) of China has barred the broadcasting of BBC World News on the mainland claiming that it has done a “slew of falsified” reporting on issues such as human rights violations in Xinjiang based on interviews of victims surviving “re-education camps.”

Washington, February 12: The United States on Thursday condemned China’s decision of banning the broadcasting of BBC World News and PRC maintains one of the most controlled, most oppressive, least free information spaces in the world

“We absolutely condemn the People Republic of China’s (PRC) decision to ban BBC World News. The PRC maintains one of the most controlled, most oppressive, least free information spaces in the world. It is troubling that the PRC restricts outlets and platforms from operating freely in China,” said US State Department spokesperson Ned Price during a press briefing.

He further added: “Beijing’s leaders use free and open media environments overseas to promote misinformation. We call on PRC and other nations with authoritarian controls over their population to allow their full access to internet and media.”

Price asserted that media freedom is an important right and is key to ensuring that an informed citizenry can share their ideas freely among themselves and their leaders.

This comes after the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) of China barred the broadcasting of BBC World News on the mainland claiming that it has done a “slew of falsified” reporting on issues such as human rights violations in Xinjiang based on interviews of victims surviving “re-education camps.”

The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) of China has barred the broadcasting of BBC World News on the mainland claiming that it has done a “slew of falsified” reporting on issues such as human rights violations in Xinjiang based on interviews of victims surviving “re-education camps.”

Global Times, the Chinese Communist Party government’s mouthpiece, said that the broadcaster is responsible “for falsified reporting” on China’s handling of the coronavirus in the country.

On January 27, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken had stated that his opinions on the genocide committed against the Uyghurs by China have not changed.

“China will not allow the broadcast of BBC World News in Chinese mainland after the broadcaster did a slew of falsified reporting on issues including Xinjiang and China’s handling of COVID19, a move (that) experts said send (a) clear signal that fake news is not tolerated in China,” the Global Times wrote on Twitter.

The CCP mouthpiece in an opinion article wrote that China has sent the outside world a clear signal that it has zero tolerance for fake news by barring BBC World News from airing in China.

“The decision comes as no surprise. According to the National Radio and Television Administration, BBC World News has been banned as some BBC’s reports on China infringed the principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism,” it claimed.

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