Guwahati: China has banned the British television channel BBC World News, accusing it of flouting guidelines after a controversial report on its treatment of the country’s Uighur minority.
This move comes a week after Ofcom, the British media regulator, revoked the license of Chinese state-owned broadcaster China Global Television Network’s (CGTN) to broadcast in the UK.
The Chinese regulator, the National radio and Television administration (NRTA) has made the announcement on Thursday night on pulling BBC World News off the air in the country for serious content violation.
In an overnight statement, the NRTA said BBC Worlds News reports about China were found to “seriously violate” broadcast guidelines.
That includes “the requirement that news should be truthful and fair” and not “harm China’s national interests”.
The administrator “does not permit the BBC to continue broadcasting in China, and does not accept its new annual application for broadcast”, it added.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called China’s move an “unacceptable curtailing of media freedom”.
The US State Department condemned the decision, calling it part of a wider campaign to suppress free media in China.
Relations between China and the UK have seen a serious deterioration in recent months over Hong Kong, where Beijing introduced a controversial new security law after a large pro-democracy movement swept the ex-colony.