CHINA BLASTS BBC FOR ‘FAKE NEWS’ AFTER CGTN LOSES UK LICENSE
The BBC came under fire from Chinese official and social media in an escalating diplomatic dispute, a day after Britain’s media regulator revoked the TV license of Chinese state media outlet CGTN, Gabriel Crossley reported for Reuters.
Britain and China have been exchanging barbs for months over China’s crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, concern over the security of Huawei technology and the treatment of ethnic Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang region.
China’s state media has in recent weeks ramped up attacks on what it calls biased reporting by the British public broadcaster on topics ranging from the coronavirus to Xinjiang and the former British colony of Hong Kong.
On Thursday, Britain’s Ofcom revoked the license of CGTN, the English-language sister channel of state broadcaster CCTV, after concluding that China’s ruling Communist Party had ultimate editorial responsibility for the channel.
Minutes later, China’s foreign ministry issued a statement accusing the British Broadcasting Corp (BBC) of pushing “fake news” in its COVID-19 reporting, demanding an apology and saying that the broadcaster had politicized the pandemic and “rehashed theories about covering up by China.”
The BBC said its reporting is fair and unbiased and sneered at the allegations. Separately on Thursday, Britain’s Telegraph newspaper reported that Britain had in the past year expelled three Chinese spies who were there on journalism visas.