The European Union on Saturday called on China to reverse its ban on the BBC World News television channel.
The ban was imposed in apparent retaliation for Britain’s pulling of the licence of state-owned Chinese broadcaster CGTN.
The EU said in a statement that Beijing’s move further restricted “freedom of expression and access to information inside its borders”, and violated both the Chinese constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The statement also said that Hong Kong’s announcement that its public broadcaster would also stop carrying BBC broadcasts added to the “erosion of the rights and freedoms that is ongoing” in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory since the imposition last year of a sweeping new national security law.
“The EU remains strongly committed to safeguarding media freedom and pluralism, as well as protecting the right to freedom of expression online and offline, including freedom to hold opinions and to receive and impart…