BBC China correspondent leaves Beijing

The BBC says one of its journalists in China has moved to Taiwan. He has been covering the treatment of the Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Britain's public broadcaster said on Wednesday that John Sudworth, who was based in China for nine years, left Beijing with his family after it became increasingly difficult for them to remain in the country, citing pressure and threats from the Chinese authorities.

The BBC said, "John's reporting has exposed truths the Chinese authorities did not want the world to know." It said it is proud of his reporting, and he remains its China correspondent.

Sudworth said he faced "intensifying attempts to obstruct and harass us wherever we film."
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a news conference, "We have not heard of any threat from any Chinese authorities targeted against him."

She added, "If there was evidence that he was threatened in any way, he should have called the police, and we would have kept him safe."

In February, Beijing blocked the airing of BBC World News in China. The ban came after China's Foreign Ministry strongly criticized a BBC report on China's re-education camps in Xinjiang. The ministry called the report false.