Is there real journalism in China?

BBC correspondent left China out of concern for safety

London - A correspondent for the British broadcaster BBC has left China worried about its safety. As the BBC announced on Wednesday, John Sudworth has moved to Taiwan and will continue to work as a China correspondent from there.

The Club of Foreign Correspondents in China (FCC) said that Sudworth left after nine years in China last week "out of concern for his and his family's safety." According to the FCC, his wife, Yvonne Murray, a correspondent for Irish broadcaster RTE, went to Taiwan with him. "John's work has revealed truths that the Chinese authorities were unwilling to tell the world," said the BBC. A report posted on the broadcaster's website said that Sudworth and his team had been subjected to surveillance, disability and intimidation wherever they tried to film.

Campaign against the British broadcaster

China stopped broadcasting the UK foreign broadcaster BBC World News in February. The move, justified with sharp criticism of the station's journalistic contributions about China, was based on the withdrawal of the broadcasting license of the state Chinese foreign broadcaster CGTN in Great Britain, which the British media supervisory authority Ofcom had justified on the basis of a lack of independence. Chinese state media subsequently launched a broad campaign against the British broadcaster, accusing it and its journalists of spreading lies about China.

Beijing cracked down on a number of foreign journalists in recent years. Reporters from countries with strained relations with China in particular felt the pressure of the authorities. (APA / dpa, March 31, 2021)