China Bans BBC World News from Broadcasting

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China’s television and radio regulator announced that the country has banned BBC World News from broadcasting.

In its decision, China’s State Film, TV and Radio Administration said BBC World News reports about China were found to “seriously violate” broadcast guidelines, including “the requirement that news should be truthful and fair” and not “harm China’s national interests”.

It said that the BBC’s application to air for another year would not be accepted.

The BBC said in a statement: ‘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.”

Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab called the move an “unacceptable curtailing of media freedom”.

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