In February of 2021, China decided to ban the BBC. If you don’t know what that is, the BBC is the British Broadcasting Corporation. China states that decision was made after “It accused the BBC of failing to meet the requirement for news to be truthful and fair, and accused it of damaging China’s national interests.” This also includes reporting on the coronavirus and the alleged rape and torture of women in Uighurs “re-education” camps. The BBC strongly disagrees. In a statement from the BBC “The BBC is the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster and reports on stories around the world fairly, impartially and without fear or favour. They also added, “we are disappointed that the Chinese authorities have decided to take this course of action.”
This shows the bigger problem between China and its lack of freedom it provides to its citizens, especially when it comes to the media. If people of China can’t retrieve information about worldly news from outside sources, how will they be informed on what’s going on? China also bans many social media platforms, apps, search engines, video sharing platforms, media pages, streaming platforms, email providers, and work tools. Linked below, you can see a list for more details. China is home to an estimated 1.4 billion people. That’s a lot of people to keep information from and maybe too much power.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that this is an “unacceptable curtailing” of media freedom. Also, that “China has some of the most severe restrictions on media and internet freedoms across the globe, and this latest step will only damage China’s reputation in the eyes of the world.”
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