90 Miles From Tyranny : China Bans BBC World News to 'Send a Clear Signal That Fake News is Not Tolerated'

Friday, February 12, 2021

China Bans BBC World News to 'Send a Clear Signal That Fake News is Not Tolerated'

Fake News Is Apparently In the Eye Of The Beholder

Chinese state media outlet Global News on Thursday night announced that China is banning BBC World News from the airwaves due to their "fake news" and relentless "falsified reporting."

From Global Times, "China bars BBC World News over false reports":

BBC World News has been barred from airing in China, the National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) announced, saying some BBC's reports on China infringed the principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism.

Chinese observers said the BBC has turned into "a rumor mill" that deliberately throws mud at China, and the decision to suspend its broadcast sends a clear message that China doesn't accept fake news.

Suspending the broadcast of BBC World News means that it cannot be received anywhere in the Chinese mainland, as China won't provide local resolution analysis service to the broadcast company anymore, said Wang Sixin, a professor of law at the Communication University of China.

He said that the high-profile announcement, on Chinese New Year's Eve, is to show China's attitude, and attract more public attention. "The BBC does not even bother to hide its anti-China rhetoric, commissioning an anti-China so-called 'expert' for research and use fabricated materials to slander China. It deserves...

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