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China cuts BBC TV feed

China has cut transmission of the BBC's Worldservice television channel after accusing the corporation of violating its contract about what it can broadcast.

China has cut transmission of the BBC's Worldservice television channel after accusing the corporation of violating its contract about what it can broadcast.

The Chinese authorities have kept the network from broadcasting into China via the state-owned Sinosat One satellite since July 1 following a news item that included material about Falun Gong, the outlawed spiritual group.

The BBC is reported to be in touch with Chinese authorities "trying to clarify the situation."

BBC broadcasts can be seen illegally in China via other satellites than Sinosat broadcasting to the region. Sinosat One broadcast BBC television to about 60,000 hotel rooms in China mainly used by foreigners.

French-based organisation Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontieres) has condemned China's actions, calling for the ban to be lifted.

"The Chinese authorities are once again showing that to them freedom of expression just means favourable articles and reports," said Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Robert Menard in a letter to Chinese foreign affairs minister Tang Jiaxuan.

Chinese television is completely state-owned, with the government keeping a close watch on all broadcasts. The Chinese Communist Party says Falun Gong is a dangerous cult that has caused the deaths of many hundreds of its followers.

Earlier this month supporters of the banned Falun Gong sect hacked into a satellite carrying the state-run China Central Television's (CCTV) 10 channels, as well as 10 provincial channels and broadcasted a blurred image of a banner bearing the Chinese characters 'Falun Gong is good.'


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