BBC Correspondent Leaves China, Says "Too Risky To Carry On"

Children have fun on Dove Lane in Hotan City northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

Children have fun on Dove Lane in Hotan City northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region

He had been reporting from China for more than nine years, first in Shanghai and then Beijing. The ban followed the publication of a BBC report that detailed how women in Xinjiang's internment camps for Uyghurs were subject to rape, sexual abuse and torture.

A seniorBBC correspondent said Wednesday he had left China for Taiwan, after facing legal threats and pressure from authorities over his reporting on Xinjiang rights abuses and the coronavirus pandemic.

Taiwan foreign ministry spokeswoman Joanne Ou told Reuters that the ministry could not comment on individual cases but said: "We welcome all reporters from media outlets to come to Taiwan and enjoy freedom of the press and speech".

BEIJING (AP) - A veteran BBC correspondent whose coverage angered China has left the country amid concerns for his safety, the BBC and a journalist organization said.

A BBC correspondent in China, John Sudworth, has relocated to Taiwan, saying Wednesday March 31, 2021, he faced threats and intimidation from authorities in Beijing.

The BBC did not give a specific reason for John Sudworth's relocation but said: "John's work has exposed truths that Chinese authorities did not want the world to know". "The BBC is proud of John's award-winning reporting during his time in Beijing".

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"Sudworth left after months of personal attacks and disinformation targeting him and his BBC colleagues, disseminated by both Chinese state media and Chinese government officials".

The Global Times, a Chinese state-run website, reported that Mr Sudworth "who became infamous in China for his many biased stories distorting China's Xinjiang policies and Covid-19 responses, has left the Chinese mainland and is now believed to be hiding in Taiwan".

The club noted that attacks on Sudworth and the BBC escalated after the British broadcasting regulator revoked the license of Chinese state TV channel CGTN in February.

China has repeatedly said the BBC's report was false and it has also forcefully denied other claims of human rights abuses in Xinjiang raised by western governments and rights groups.

An Irish journalist working in China has been forced to flee the country amid concerns for the safety of her husband and her family.

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