China’s broadcaster announced Thursday that it had pulled BBC World News out of the air. The content of the station “seriously” violated the guidelines for reporting in the country.
A statement from China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) said BBC World News reports on China “seriously violate” broadcasting guidelines, including “the requirement that news be truthful and fair” rather than “China’s national interests damage”. “”
The move comes after the BBC aired a report on Feb. 3 listing harrowing reports of torture and sexual violence against Uighur women in Chinese camps.
The NRTA “is not allowing the BBC to continue broadcasting in China and is not accepting its new annual application to broadcast,” the Beijing statement said.
The BBC said it was disappointed with the move.
In a lengthy investigation based on testimony, the BBC reported allegations of systematic rape, sexual abuse and torture of female inmates by police and guards in China’s western Xinjiang region.
Home to the mainly Muslim Uighur minority, the region has come under extensive pressure from the Chinese armed forces in response to separatist unrest in recent years.
The report described electrical shock torture, including anal rape by guards with electrified sticks. According to witnesses, women were subjected to rape and forced sterilization.
“The screams echoed through the whole building,” one was quoted as saying.
Human rights groups believe that at least one million Uyghurs and other Turkish-speaking Muslims are detained in camps in Xinjiang.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry dismissed the BBC investigation as “wrong”.
British Junior Foreign Secretary Nigel Adams said the BBC report revealed “clearly bad deeds”.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s administration “is determined to take decisive action” in relation to Xinjiang, he said, despite the fact that the government has stopped invoking the term “genocide”, arguing that only UK courts make this legal definition can.
A US State Department spokesman reiterated the view of both the former and new US administrations that China is committing “genocide” against the Uyghurs.
“These atrocities shock the conscience and must have serious consequences,” said the spokesman.
The report also sparked outrage from politicians in Australia, again calling on China to allow UN law enforcement officers to visit Xinjiang.
China is accused of forcing Uyghurs to parrot communist propaganda and renounce Islam, forcibly sterilize women and impose a regime of forced labor.
After initially denying the existence of the camps, the Chinese government abruptly acknowledged them, saying they were vocational training centers to reduce the appeal of Islamic extremism.
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