Recently, comments are flying around in the media circle. It is said that the old and mature BBC is just like a mad youngster seeking love and someone must have stolen away the heart of this media tycoon. Then, who is so “charming” that he can not only “steal” away the BBC’s heart but also make it debase itself and do its utmost to please him? What has the BBC done to cause such a stir?
In Mainland China, in order to survive, the media have to act strictly according to the government’s instruction and can’t report the objective facts, so that the true fact is covered. Thus, we try every possible means to read the news on foreign websites (including the BBC) over the wall mainly to learn about the true fact.
At the end of 2010, from the BBC’s report on Liu Xiaobo Incident, I saw the BBC’s impartiality, objectivity, and integrity. Such a good impression urged me to pay attention to it. Then I knew that this British broadcasting corporation which was established in 1922 has been considered as one of the few respectable media in the world. Moreover, I read in section 15 of the BBC’s editorial guidelines “Conflicts of Interest”: Our audiences must be able to trust the BBC and be confident that our editorial decisions are not influenced by outside interests, political or commercial pressures, or any personal interests.
The BBC Chinese website also states that it is responsible for the impartiality and accuracy of all the contents on the website.
This is the BBC I know, and this is the reason why I love the BBC.
In 2013, I found that some readers raised a query on the BBC. One of them said that “the BBC is totally politically-biased and has completely violated the news principles of impartiality and authenticity.” Someone even said that the BBC had been bought off by the CCP. However, the BBC is still the main channel for me to gain information, because the BBC’s objective and impartial image has taken root in my heart.
Living under the CCP’s totalitarian rule, Chinese people have long been deprived of human rights, freedom, and right to information. Especially in religious belief, the CCP’s means of persecution is abominable. In order to deceive and cheat Chinese people, it stops at nothing to fabricate rumors, defame, and frame up, and spares no efforts to resist God’s work. It alleges that God’s church is man’s organization and that the normal church life is illegally disturbing the social order. It also uses the base means of investigating openly and secretly, phone monitoring, shadowing in secret, secretly arresting, searching the house and imposing a fine, interrogating by tortures, threatening and tempting, afflicting body and mind, and so on, so that numerous members of the Church of Almighty God have been arrested, beaten, and put into hard labor or prison, some of whom are even maimed or killed. The right of the freedom of religious belief stated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural is man’s basic right and is the universal value acknowledged by the world today. However, the CCP regime keeps violating basic human rights and opposing universal values massively. Under such white terror, we really hope that we can believe in God without restraint and that the media can report impartially and objectively.
BBC has ever given us an expectation.
However, on August 14, 2014, when I entered the BBC Chinese website over the wall, its headline was a so-called “Report on the Spot” written by Carrie, the BBC China editor. It did give me a head-on blow: The BBC, which I always trust and support, actually becomes the CCP’s “mouthpiece.” In the report, the “May 28 Shandong Zhaoyuan case” of framing and defaming the Church of Almighty God, which has been exposed by Chinese netizens, is mentioned again by the BBC. Besides, it gets a Mr. Wang and an undercover involved to illustrate the “fact” and makes a voluminous analysis. In fact, it is a criminal case, but the CCP uses it as a fuse to frame and defame the Church of Almighty God and thus conduct an extensive suppression and slaughter on the house churches in Mainland China. The comments of the CCP, which tells a pack of lies and plays the trick of a thief crying “stop thief,” are used in this report. After reading this article, people with discerning eyes will see that the BBC has completely stood on the CCP’s side to defame the Church of Almighty God and instilled the absurd views into millions of netizens. Originally, we hoped that the BBC could uphold justice and make an impartial report on us. But now the BBC’s actions have greatly disappointed us.
Even a reader’s feedback underneath that report says, “As for the amount of money collected and the number of people murdered, who is more sinful than the CCP?”
It’s known to all that the CCP regime has already been in imminent danger. To safeguard its regime, it has to spend money to buy diplomacy and make a deal with money everywhere.
Actually, the BBC is not foolish. In fact, it knows very well about the CCP’s evil and baseness. However, for the deal behind, the BBC would rather sell out its dignity, regardless of the universal values. To repay the “grace,” a big gift package worth 14 billion pounds China bestowed to Britain, the BBC actually fits in easily with the CCP and becomes its accomplice in cracking down on the religious belief.
Thus, I understand that why there is no impartiality and objectivity in the report and it is absolutely the view of the CCP’s mouthpiece media. Here I’d like to ask the BBC: Based on the CCP’s one-sided publicity, Carrie’s report is made without checking the fact with the Church of Almighty God at all. Is it fair or proper? As a western media, the BBC respected the religious belief and stressed equal human rights in the past. However, in this report, the BBC becomes abnormal and acts as the CCP’s “mouthpiece,” suppressing and discrediting the Church of Almighty God, which has totally departed from its aim of managing the media.
BBC, you should examine yourself deeply. Otherwise, you’ll be totally rejected by the public.
by Su Ming