UK Media Watchdog Revokes License For Chinese State Broadcaster CGTN
Faizan Hashmi 25 days ago Fri 05th February 2021 | 12:05 AM
The UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has revoked the license for the Chinese state international broadcaster CGTN, claiming lack of editorial independence
MOSCOW (UrduPoint News / Sputnik - 04th February, 2021) The UK broadcasting watchdog Ofcom has revoked the license for the Chinese state international broadcaster CGTN, claiming lack of editorial independence.
"Our investigation showed that the license for China Global Television Network is held by an entity which has no editorial control over its programmes. We are unable to approve the application to transfer the license to China Global Television Network Corporation because it is ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, which is not permitted under UK broadcasting law," Ofcom said.
It added that "numerous opportunities" were given to CGTN to come into compliance, given the grave consequences revoking a broadcast license has on freedom of speech, but it has not done so.
"We now consider it appropriate to withdraw the licence for CGTN to broadcast in the UK," the agency said.
Sino-British relations have been in a tailspin over the past year over a multitude of issues. Firstly, London announced it would simplify visa procedures and the path to citizenship for Hong Kong residents who leave over perceived increasing Beijing influence. In recent days, BBC reported that Muslim minority women were systematically subjected to sexual violence in reeducation camps in Xinjiang, something Beijing vehemently denied.