The Chinese State Film, TV and Radio Administration has announced that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has been banned in China.
Yesterday the administration said the BBC’s reports about China have seriously violated broadcast guidelines, stating: “news should be truthful” and not “harm China’s national interests”.
It is believed that this act is a response to reports by the BBC on China’s unlawful detention and alleged abuse of Uighur Muslims.
Following the ban, BBC replied with a statement, stating their disappointment.
They 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.”
Restrictions on internet and media are not unfamiliar for the people of China.
In fact the BBC’s web page has been banned in China since October 2014. The BBC channel is normally only accessible in hotels that are higher that three stars and other dwellings that accommodate foreign tourists.