You are here: Home » International » News » Politics
Business Standard

BBC correspondent leaves China with family amid legal threats: Report

A correspondent for the BBC has left Beijing after facing intense pressure and being threatened over British public broadcaster's coverage of issues like Xinjiang and coronavirus

BBC | China | Attack on journalists

ANI  |  Asia 

pic courtesy: BBC website
Photo: BBC website

A correspondent for the British Broadcasting Agency (BBC) has left Beijing after facing intense pressure and being threatened over British public broadcaster's coverage of issues like Xinjiang and COVID-19.

John Sudworth, who was based in for nine years, had left Beijing along with his wife, Yvonne Murray, a reporter for the Irish public broadcaster RTE, and their three young children.

Both Sudworth and Murray have said they will continue to cover from Taipei.

According to The New York Times, the correspondent, Sudworth said on Wednesday that he made the decision after being subjected to intensifying propaganda campaign targeting him and the

He also cited legal threats as well as the increasing difficulty of doing independent reporting in without obstruction or harassment.

Taiwan has confirmed Sudworth's presence in Taiwan.

"Sudworth is now in Taiwan and is currently in quarantine in accordance with COVID-19 prevention measures," said Taiwan Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou during a regular press briefing.

The departures of Sudworth and Murray are part of a larger recent exodus of foreign journalists from China. Last year, the Chinese government expelled around 15 correspondents for American news organizations, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post.

Murray said in an interview with RTE's "News At One" program on Wednesday that the family had left in a hurry last week and those plainclothes police officers had followed them from their home to the airport.

According to The Foreign Correspondents Club of China (FCCC), 2020 saw the largest expulsion of foreign journalists since the aftermath of the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989.

At least 18 journalists were forced to leave, hurried out and their visas were cancelled over national security concerns.

A US media correspondent was reported having to "take three COVID tests over five days" as she attempted to report from Xinjiang, where Chinese state media has routinely claimed the Muslim-minority Uighurs are prospering, not being detained.

The National Radio and Television Administration (NRTA) of China had barred the broadcasting of World News on the mainland last month, claiming that it has done a "slew of falsified" reporting on issues such as human rights violations in Xinjiang based on interviews of victims surviving "re-education camps.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Fri, April 02 2021. 09:58 IST