The BBC has “strongly condemned” what it sees as deliberate attempts to prevent BBC World Service English broadcasts in China.
In a statement issued today the Corporation said that, while it couldn’t definitely attribute the jamming to the Chinese authorities, “the extensive and co-ordinated efforts are indicative of a well-resourced country such as China.”
“The BBC strongly condemns this action, which is designed to disrupt audiences’ free access to news and information,” said the statement.
Last week the BBC opened up about similar blocking of its BBC Persian broadcasts in Iran, though the Corporation insists that shortwave jamming is rare nowadays.
Commenting on the situation, BBC director of global news Peter Horrocks said: “The jamming of shortwave transmissions is being timed to cause maximum disruption to BBC World Service English broadcasts in China.
“The deliberate and co-ordinated efforts by authorities in countries such as China and Iran illustrate the significance and importance of the role the BBC undertakes to provide impartial and accurate information to audiences around the world.”
The jamming comes days after a BBC film crew had its video footage confiscated by the Chinese military after filming at a ‘cyber warfare unit’.
BBC World Service, which has a worldwide weekly listenership of 239 million people, broadcasts around the globe on shortwave, AM, FM, digital satellite and cable.