Thursday 11 February 2021 / 8:43 PM Lisa Nandy

Lisa Nandy comments on reports BBC World News has been banned in China

Lisa Nandy MP, Labour’s Shadow Foreign Secretary, commenting on reports that BBC World News has been banned in China, said:

“While authoritarian states pour resources into propaganda, BBC World News is renowned for high-quality, impartial journalism. Recently, its reporters bravely shone a light on the atrocities in Xinjiang. This is yet another troubling sign of the Chinese authorities’ growing intolerance of criticism and scrutiny.

“It has never been more important to defend a free and independent media. China, Iran and Russia are investing heavily in state-sponsored propaganda. Ministers cannot simply make strong statements about press freedom without backing them up with action.

“To genuinely stand up for a free impartial media they must end the financial uncertainty facing the BBC so it can continue to promote both BBC World News and the well-respected World Service as an essential source of impartial news to millions around the world.”