China Bans BBC World News For “Breaking China’s Media Code”

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BBC World News has been banned in China, according to a statement issued by China’s National Radio and Television Association(NRTA) on February 11th. This comes only a week after Britain’s media regulator(Ofcom) withdrew a license for China Global Television Network to broadcast in the United Kingdom.

China dismissed BBC’s information on China’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic as “fake news” and NRTA issued a report claiming that BBC “infringed the principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism.”

NRTA banned BBC because it did not reach requirements for foreign channels to air in China and therefore its application to air next year would not be accepted by China’s NRTA.

A BBC spokeswoman issued a statement saying “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.”

The UK’s government later described China’s actions as “unacceptable” and claimed banning one of the most reputable sources of international news would only further diminish China’s reputation.