The announcement comes a week after Ofcom, the UK’s media regulator, said it had revoked a license to broadcast the China Global Television Network (CGTN) in the UK.
In the statement, China’s NRTA alleged that BBC World News had broadcast reports about China that “violated the principles of truthfulness and impartiality in journalism”.
On February 4, the Chinese Foreign Ministry filed a strict representation with the BBC, criticizing the broadcaster for reporting on China’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic and dismissing its reports as “false news”.
‘We are disappointed that the Chinese authorities have decided to take this course of action. The BBC is the world’s most trusted international news broadcaster and reports stories from around the world fairly, impartially and without fear or favor, “a BBC spokesman told CNN Business in a statement.
Beijing has also repeatedly expressed frustration at the BBC reporting on China’s Uyghur re-education camp. The BBC alleges that women were systematically raped, sexually abused and tortured in the camps. China accuses the BBC of “having been on a spree to spread explicit untruths about China’s policies in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region”.
The BBC defended its journalism in a statement made at the time, stating that it stood by its accurate and fair coverage of events in China.
It is unclear what impact China’s ban on BBC World News would have on the country. The BBC was never allowed to broadcast in mainland China or to Chinese households. BBC World News was previously only available in international hotels.
“China’s decision to ban BBC World News in mainland China is an unacceptable restriction on media freedom,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in a statement. “China has some of the toughest restrictions on media and internet freedoms in the world, and this final move will only damage China’s reputation in the eyes of the world.”