China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) announced Thursday midnight, the Chinese New Year’s Eve, that BBC World News was barred from airing in China since Friday, the first day of the Chinese New Year.
It also said any application from BBC for renewing its license will not be accepted for one year.
The decision has been made due to some of the BBC’s reports on China that have infringed the principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism.
By Global Times
Published: Feb 12, 2021 10:30 PM
The Chinese embassy in the UK firmly defended China’s decision to bar the BBC World News from airing in China, saying the move is “legitimate and reasonable” given the British broadcaster’s relentless fabrication of “lies of the century” in reporting China.
Chinese observers said the move could be part of China’s countermeasures and not the only or final action against BBC’s anti-China public opinion campaign if the broadcaster does not correct its practice.
The comments came after British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said on Thursday China’s decision to ban the BBC World News channel was unacceptable and accused China of curtailing of media freedom.
“BBC’s relentless fabrication of ‘lies of the century’ in reporting China runs counter to the professional ethics of journalism, and reeks of double standards and ideological bias, causing strong indignation among the Chinese people,” a spokesperson of the Chinese Embassy in the UK said in a statement on Friday.
“The so-called ‘media freedom’ is nothing but a pretext and disguise to churn out disinformation and slanders against other countries,” the spokesperson said, noting that the Chinese top broadcasting regulator’s decision is legitimate and reasonable.
We urge the BBC to abandon the Cold War mentality, stop fabricating and spreading disinformation, stop unfair, biased and irresponsible reporting, stop malicious attacks and smearing against the Communist Party of China and the Chinese government, and take concrete actions to remove the adverse impact of its related reports, the spokesperson said.