House of Commons committee calls for investment to counter China/Iran jamming/blocking of BBC World Service content.
Posted: 17 Oct 2013 Print Send a link
House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, 17 Oct 2013, excerpt from "The FCO's human rights work in 2012": "The right of access to information, across borders, is fundamental. As we have pointed out on numerous occasions, the BBC World Service makes a huge contribution to the projection of the UK, its values and strengths, across the world. It would be astonishing if that work were to be diminished purely because the BBC lacked the resources to protect its broadcasts from interference by states where tolerance and freedom of expression are not entrenched. We urge the BBC, as the future funder of the BBC World Service, to recognise in future funding plans the need to provide the resources necessary to afford that protection."