MOFA confirms BBC correspondent's relocation

02 April, 2021

Courtesy of ICRT

Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) has confirmed that a BBC correspondent working in China has relocated to Taiwan after facing threats.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs says the British news network's China Correspondent John Sudworth and his family are now in Taiwan and currently in quarantine.

Spokesperson Joanne Ou says Sudworth claims he and his team faced threats and intimidation working in China.

Ou says Taiwan, as a free and democratic country, respects press freedom and human rights, and welcomes foreign reporters.


According to a BBC report, Sudworth, who had worked in China for nine years, moved to Taiwan with his family following "pressure and threats" from the Chinese authorities.

He claimed to have been tailed by plainclothes police officers on his way to the airport, even up to the check-in area.

The BBC reports that Sudworth has won awards for his reporting on the treatment of the Uyghur people in the Xinjiang region.

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