Not for the first time, the BBC has condemned satellite and wireless jamming of its signals. Peter Horrocks, global news director for the BBC’s World Service, again criticised the jamming of the BBC’s Persian service, but has now added China to its list of problem nations.
Horrocks said that its World Service shortwave broadcasts to China were being deliberately hit in a “coordinated” manner by authorities in China. “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,” said Horrocks.