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Spokesperson of the Chinese Mission to the EU Speaks on a Question Concerning EU's Statement on the BBC Ban

Q: On February 12, Spokesperson of the European External Action Service (EEAS) issued a statement, saying that the Chinese authorities’ decision to ban BBC World News is a move by China restricting freedom of expression and access to information. The statement also said that another consequence of the decision is that the Hong Kong public broadcaster has announced that it will cease relaying the relevant BBC programs, eroding the rights and freedoms, following the imposition of the National Security Law. What is your comment?

A: Investigations show that BBC World News has seriously violated China’s regulations on radio and television services and on overseas satellite TV channel management in its China-related reports which went against the requirements that news reporting must be truthful and impartial, and has undermined China’s national interests and ethnic solidarity. As the channel fails to meet the requirements to broadcast in China as an overseas channel, China’s National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) has decided not to allow BBC World News to continue its broadcasting service within Chinese territory, and will not accept the channel's broadcasting application for the new year. China's regulations on radio and television are based on China’s Constitution and common sense, and are consistent with the common practices around the world. The NRTA’s decision is entirely legitimate and lawful.

What I want to stress here is that truthfulness, objectivity and impartiality are fundamental requirements for news reporting and important prerequisites for media freedom. Double standards shall not be applied to fighting disinformation. The freedom of press under double standards can only be seen as freedom of disinformation.

I want to point out that RTHK, as a public broadcaster in Hong Kong, has decided to pull the relevant BBC programs off the air in accordance with the NRTA’s communication. The EU side has no right to use it as a pretext to make irresponsible comments on the Hong Kong national security law.

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