OPINIONS BBC's credibility sinks to new low


BBC's credibility sinks to new low

China Daily

08:02, August 06, 2021

Signage is seen at BBC Broadcasting House offices and recording studios, London, Britain, May 21, 2021. (Photo: Agencies)

On July 29, the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China lodged solemn representations with the head of the media agency in China regarding the British Broadcasting Corporation's distorted reports and unreasonable statements on the heavy rain in Henan province.

It said that the BBC's reports distorted the Chinese government's efforts to organize rescue efforts and the real situation of local people's courage to save themselves, made insinuating attacks on the Chinese government, and were full of ideological prejudice and double standards.

Although its reports angered the Chinese people, the BBC chose not to reflect on its bias but instead issued a "statement" that reversed black and white, arbitrarily accusing China.

Foreign journalists enjoy the right to freely report in China according to the law, but they are expected to report objectively and accurately.

If the BBC continues to practice its ideological prejudice and double standard while reporting China, and baselessly smear and attack the country, its trust deficit in China will continue to build up.

Its controversial reporting on the Henan floods is only the latest example of its distorted coverage of China. Its reporting on Xinjiang and the pandemic prevention and control work in China are typical examples of its reporting which is full of subjective assumptions and prejudices. The BBC reporters are very skilled at quoting a remark out of context and leaving out their interviewees' main points, and they consistently hype up a stereotyped image of China as a country where people have no freedom.

These practices openly defy journalistic ethics and the codes of the profession. That the BBC tries to justify its wrongdoings under the pretext of freedom of the press only reflects its unprofessionalism and ideological prejudice against China. No wonder BBC reporters always complain that it is becoming more difficult to work in China.

These have formed a vicious circle, as while trying to distort the image of China, the BBC is actually candidly revealing itself.

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