onsdag 31. mars 2021

BBC China correspondent John Sudworth moves to Taiwan after threats

The BBC's Beijing correspondent John Sudworth has left China and moved to Taiwan following pressure and threats from the Chinese authorities. Sudworth, who has won awards for his reporting on the treatment of the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang region, left Beijing with his family. The BBC says it is proud of his reporting and he remains its China correspondent.

China has denounced the BBC's coverage of Xinjiang.Sudworth, who was based in China for nine years, said he moved to Taiwan after it became increasingly difficult to remain in China.He and his family were followed to the airport and into the check-in area by plainclothes police officers. His wife, Yvonne Murray, reports on China for the Irish public broadcaster RTÉ. Sudworth says he and his team faced surveillance, threats of legal action, obstruction and intimidation wherever they tried to film. His reporting colleagues are still in Beijing, and he says he intends to continue his reporting from Taiwan. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said the authorities had not been given prior notice.