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An Responsible Official of Information Department of Foreign Ministry of China Lodges Solemn Representation to British Broadcasting Company (BBC) on Fabricating and Broadcasting Fake News about China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

2020/08/07

On August 6, 2020, an responsible official of the Information Department of the Foreign Ministry of China lodged a solemn representation to a journalist of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC) stationed in Beijing, on fabricating and broadcasting fake news about China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

The official pointed out, the relevant report by BBC is a patchwork of fabricated news about China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region with grafting tricks, and it is far-fetched and filled with subjective assumptions, which severely deviates from the facts. The report claims that many Uygurs in Xinjiang are detained in the "detention camps" by the Chinese government and suffer from torture on the basis of a video taken by a drug dealer and several text messages. The report is filled with ideological bias, violates the professional ethics of journalism, and severely misleads the audience. It is typical fake news with a vile nature and severe impacts and also damages the credibility of BBC.

In response to the journalist's sophistry, the official emphasized, the Chinese side firmly opposes any ideological bias against China, the fabrication of fake news under the excuse of the so-called freedom of the press, and the acts that violate the professional ethics of journalism. We urge BBC to take immediate actions to correct the mistake, eliminate the evil influence, and reflect on its behaviors. We urge BBC to discard ideological bias and report China in an objective and fair manner.

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