AFP: China orders blackout of BBC show

From AFP, via The Indian Express:

China has ordered a news blackout on a first ever mainland broadcast by the BBC’s flagship political debate programme Question Time, sources said on Wednesday.

The show will be broadcast from Shanghai in English tomorrow with guests both critical and supportive of China’s ruling Communist Party. David Dimbleby, who last month called the broadcast ”a breakthrough”, will host. Former Hong Kong Governor and EU External Affairs chief Chris Patten and Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao are scheduled to take part.

However the programme, which was expected to cover important political issues affecting China and its relations with the rest of the world, will receive no coverage in China.

March 9, 2005 8:15 PM
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