BBC World News banned in China over country's 'content violation' policy
New Delhi : China’s broadcasting regulator has announced that the BBC World News is banned in the nation as it violates guidelines of reporting in the country.
Releasing a statement, China said that the channel seriously violates broadcast guidelines, including "the requirement that news should be truthful and fair" and not "harm China's national interests."
The development comes after BBC World News aired a report on February 3 that focused on tortures and sexual violence Uighur women have to face in the Chinese camps.
The NRTA "does not permit the BBC to continue broadcasting in China, and does not accept its new annual application for broadcast," the statement from Beijing said.
BBC has reacted to the development and said it was disappointing to see such ban.
"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," a BBC spokeswoman said.
China is accused of compelling Uighurs to parrot Communist propaganda and renounce Islam, forcibly sterilising women and imposing a regime of forced labour.
After initially denying the camps existed, China's government abruptly acknowledged them, saying they were vocational training centres aimed at reducing the appeal of Islamic extremism.