BBC tones down news on China website – Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson and Mure Dickie

From The Financial Express, via A Glimpse of the World:

THE World Service has launched a website targeted at the mainland Chinese market, offering English-language training and news that is unlikely to upset Beijing’s internet censors.

China has long blocked access to the British broadcaster’s main Chinese website,, which, on February 03, led with a story about US forecasts that Beijing’s suppression of dissent could undermine national stability.

By contrast, the top item on the broadcaster’s new www.BBC site was a Chinese -language news story on the much less sensitive topic ” to Beijing officials at least ” about the row surrounding cartoon images of the Prophet Mohammed.

The new website and the adoption of a domain name with the Chinese cn ending mark a big step forward in the BBC’s efforts to build a presence in one of the world’s fastest growing media and education markets.

However, the decision to avoid including any of the broadcaster’s often hard-hitting China coverage could expose it to charges of bowing to Beijing censors.

March 18, 2006 8:04 PM
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