16:52 GMT13 May 2021
Listen Live
    Asia & Pacific
    Get short URL
    by
    214711
    Subscribe

    According to Beijing, the broadcaster "linked the pandemic to politics" and "rehashed theories about covering up by China".

    The UK's BBC broadcaster has issued a statement rejecting accusations of "ideological bias" and "fake" reporting on COVID-19 made by the Chinese Foreign Ministry earlier in the day.

    "We stand by our accurate and fair reporting of events in China and totally reject these unfounded accusations of fake news or ideological bias", the statement read.

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry stated earlier that it had lodged a complaint with the British Broadcasting Corporation over "fake news" coverage of COVID-19, calling on the broadcaster to apologise.

    The statement was issued after the British regulator Ofcom earlier in the day revoked the licence of China's English-language news network CGTN, citing its "state-backed ownership structure".

    A visitor wearing a face mask takes a photo of a model of a coronavirus and boxes for COVID-19 vaccines at a display by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic largely under control, China's capital on Saturday kicked off one of the first large-scale public events since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, as tens of thousands of attendees were expected to visit displays from nearly 2,000 Chinese and foreign companies showcasing their products and services.
    © AP Photo / Mark Schiefelbein
    A visitor wearing a face mask takes a photo of a model of a coronavirus and boxes for COVID-19 vaccines at a display by Chinese pharmaceutical firm Sinopharm at the China International Fair for Trade in Services (CIFTIS) in Beijing, Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. With the COVID-19 pandemic largely under control, China's capital on Saturday kicked off one of the first large-scale public events since the start of the coronavirus outbreak, as tens of thousands of attendees were expected to visit displays from nearly 2,000 Chinese and foreign companies showcasing their products and services.

    China criticised the decision, stressing that it reserves the right to take further measures against the BBC.

    Beijing has repeatedly denied allegations made by some American and British media outlets that the initial outbreak was caused by a leak from a secretive lab in Wuhan, also stressing that China did not try to cover up the pandemic in the very beginning.

    Currently, a World Health Organisation team is working in Wuhan collecting data about the virus and working with Chinese scientists to investigate the origins of COVID-19.

    Tags:
    "fake news", fake news, Fake News, coronavirus, COVID-19, BBC Bias, BBC News, BBC, United Kingdom, China
    Community standardsDiscussion