In a statement issued by the Chinese Radio and Television Administration, the BBC satellite news service does not meet the conditions for broadcasting in China as an overseas channel, BBC World News is not allowed to continue broadcasting in China.

The ban is a widely expected retaliation,On February 4, the U.K. revoked the broadcast license of international Chinese state station CGTN after finding it was “ultimately controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry has also recently complained about the BBC’s COVID-19 coverage, and a report alleging systematic rape in Xinjiang detention camps, which the Foreign Ministry called “lies and misinformation cooked up by anti-China forces .

In a tweet, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that China’s decision to
ban BBC World News on mainland China is an unfair curtailment of media freedom.”China has some of the most severe restrictions on media and internet freedoms across the
globe and this latest step will only damage China’s reputation in the eyes of the world.”