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BBC journalist John Sudworth previously covered President Tsai Ing-wen's election win in Taiwan. He was stationed by the media outlet in China, where he reported from Wuhan and Xinjiang. China was dissatisfied with his news reports, and criticized the BBC for reporting on human rights suppression in Xinjiang without any basis in fact. In February, China banned BBC World News from broadcasting in China. On March 31, BBC announced Sudworth has been assigned to Taiwan. In response, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Sudworth did not give prior notice before his departure. His departure was also irregular, and related procedures were not fulfilled.
He did not inform Chinese authorities in any way of the reason for his departure. If there was evidence that he was threatened in any way, he should have called the police and we would have kept him safe. Now what is he running away from?
The ministry said there were reports of Xinjiang residents and agencies that suffered harm as a result of Sudworth's fake reports, and it may file a lawsuit against him. Meanwhile, Sudworth told a BBC program that he has already arrived in Taipei and is undergoing home quarantine. He also said the Chinese government repeatedly pressured and threatened him during the past several months and he thought it would be too dangerous to remain in Beijing. He claimed that Ministry of Public Security personnel were following him as he left the country.
The BBC's John Sudworth and his family will fully experience the friendly, safe environment here. They will have a very different experience here in Taiwan, and will really enjoy our freedoms and freedom of speech.
The Presidential Office spokesperson used Twitter to welcome Sudworth in English. Taiwan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Taiwan is a democratic country with freedom of speech, and more and more foreign news media correspondents originally stationed in China and Hong Kong are transferring to Taiwan. There are currently 72 foreign news media outlets represented in Taiwan, an increase of 21 compared to 2020. The ministry said it offers assistance to ensure the international media will feel Taiwan's friendliness.