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China suddenly takes BBC news off the air after Muslim detention camps

China cited a TV report about its detention of more than a million Uighur Muslims in "re-education camps" by chopping off the broadcast, according to a BBC reporter.

Stephen McDonnell filmed the moment the World Service Newsday program went off air as it began to speak about the treatment of the Turkic ethnic minority in northwestern Xinjiang province.

Mr McDonnell, the BBC's China correspondent, said a similar thing happened the previous day during a discussion of the same issue.

Xinjiang's mass "re-education" camps has just been searched for a subject, "he said.

China has come under pressure to increase its pressure on the camps, which are calling for training against terrorism and religious extremism.

Earlier this month Turkey called for the closure of the "concentration camps" and described the treatment of China's Turkic Muslim population as "a great cause of shame for humanity".

Mr McDonnell's report was focused on the visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to China for talks with President Xi Jinping.

After going on air at 7am to file his account of the trip, he decided to record the 8am replay.

The video shows his TV in China going blank as he says: "One thing might be expected by some in Muslim countries to raise the question of the camps in the far west of China. There's up to … "

Mr. McDonnell tweeted: "Here's the moment China's censors pull the BBC World TV feed this morning as I'm speaking about the visiting Crown prince of Saudi Arabia and the possibility of him raising the mass extra-judicial detention camps. "

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Yet another replay on hour later not affected and ran straight through.

"Maybe they were making a cup of tea or fur asleep next to the big red censor button," Mr McDonnell said.


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