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The news world is reeling after China has yanked BBC World News off air citing “serious” reporting guideline violations. China’s National Radio and Television Administration went on to say that the BBC reports on China did not follow the guidelines of the news being “truthful and fair” and of “not harming China’s national interests.”

The decision was spurred by a February 3 BBC report that focused on torture and sexual violence against Uighur women in Chinese camps- one that BBC representatives say they are disappointed with.

“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.”

The report on the Muslim Uighur minority group came after the news company conducted detailed investigations based on witness testimonies which alleged police and guards took part in systematic rape, torture and sexual abuse of women detainees. Such torture as electric shock, sexual assault including anal rape by electrified sticks, gang rape and forced sterilisation according to witness accounts.

“The screams echoed throughout the building.”

China’s western region of Xinjiang is home to mainly these Muslim minorities, with rights groups estimating more than 1 million Uighurs and Turkish speaking Muslims incarcerated in the camps.

Both the British and US governments have committed to taking action towards the situation in Xinjiang with a US State Department spokesperson saying that China is taking part in a genocide against the minority groups. PM Boris Johnson of Britain, however, says only the courts in his country can make the legal definition of genocide applicable towards the Chinese government.

The investigative report also ignited outrage from Australian officials, with new calls being made for China to allow UN rights inspectors to enter the camps in Xinjiang.

China denied that the camps existed at first, but then acknowledged them by saying they were vocational training centres aimed at “reducing the appeal of Islamic extremism.” This, however, has been translated by many as a forceful renouncing of Islam by the minority groups as well as imposing forced labour.

Despite China’s foreign ministry acknowledging the “vocational training centres,” it has labelled the BBC World News report as “false.”

SOURCE: The Phuket News

 

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    Brian

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 12:49 pm

    “truthful and fair” and of “not harming China’s national interests.” Sorry — you’ll have to choose one or the other.

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    Slugger

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Bunch of charlatans. Call themselves impartial? Dont make me chuckle.

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      Stardust

      Thursday, February 18, 2021 at 9:09 am

      Slugger they will put them and people like you on the radar. Do you think any dictatorship will not be punished then check the history book. We noticed that you support dictatorships and human rights abuse!

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    Toby Andrews

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    I wish the BBC would stop using these cowardly phrases, such as above: focused on torture and sexual violence – BBC representative say they are disappointed with.
    They correct phrase would have been: BBC representatives were disgusted and revolted by the actions of these vile criminals calling themselves guards.
    Anyone seen the BBC Hard Talk. I call it Hardish talk.
    Just once I would like to hear Steven Sakut say. “What would you say President Almighty Ruler, to a critic that said: You being a foul, murderer and self serving rat and plunderer of your countries wealth should be taken out of your palace and strung up from the nearest lamppost?”

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      Alan

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 1:57 am

      Try the National inquirer and Fox news for your brand of Journalism. Toby.

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    Jim kelly

    Friday, February 12, 2021 at 8:36 pm

    CHINESE….”THE YELLOW PERIL!!!” The nation deserves ZERO respect and so do it’s people.

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      Joe

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 10:38 am

      I am so curious that what kind of harm has China or Chinese people made on you? Tell your story please

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        Tony

        Friday, February 19, 2021 at 5:23 pm

        how about: Covid, organ trade, human rights violations, intellectual property right abuse, does that ring a bell ?

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    EdwardV

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 2:14 am

    “did not follow the guidelines” Translation: the BBC didn’t say what the CCP wanted them to say.

    The world will look back in another 10-20 years and feel shame for not standing up to the atrocities of the CCP.

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      Issan John

      Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:40 pm

      Sadly, Ed V, “the world” only stands up to atrocities in countries it can bomb back into the stone age with what it thinks will be minimal effort, while doing the square root of sweet FA about atrocities in other countries where it can make a profit.

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    Alexandra

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:32 am

    And so it goes in totalitarian China. Xi Jinping is really trying his best to isolate China. His only friends are dictators.

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    John_2

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 8:36 am

    BBC – just call it what it is a Military Propaganda Unit.

    You always know its a Deep State project when within 20 minutes they can tell you it was a-man-in-a-cave, or bat soup – LMAO

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    Gosport

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11:32 am

    Justified action. Banned it.

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    Issan John

    Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    I’d have a bit more time for the BBC if they hadn’t pulled the plug themselves on the BBC News World Service that was previously available free to air in Thailand, while Germany (DW), France (France 24) and Al Jazeera are still producing live 24 hour news services, in English, that are in a different league to the amateur vlog the BBC put out.

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    chia chung

    Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:56 am

    Trump was right. Western news are fake news as he often says.
    BBC,NBC,FOX,SKY, CNN, ALL your main stream media don’t write news they are propaganda factories and doing a great job of brain-washing their own people. Luckily, majority of the Chinese young generation are well informed and know how distorted Western news are and take them with a good pinch of salt.
    Remember, it is the Chinese public that wanted the BBC booted out of China for their defaming reporting that made the Chinese public very angry especially the young generation.

    In the long run all this is going to work in favour of China and bad for the West.

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    Ian

    Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:23 am

    BBC hid Jimmy Saviles crime for decades

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    Richard

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 9:05 am

    Hell they’re all freaking liars. China, BBC, CNN, FOX

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