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Tuesday, January 25, 2022

NBC Asked to Stop Broadcasting Beijing Olympics to Raise CCP Rights Violations

NBCUniversal should stop broadcasting the Beijing Winter Olympics, just two months away, and instead focus on the regime’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, US lawmakers told the TV host.

“The nearly $ 1 billion that NBCUniversal and its affiliates have invested in these Games means the organization has a responsibility to address the consequences of human rights abuses in China,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley (Oregon) and Rep. James McGovern (Germany ). -Mass.), Chairman and Co-Chair of the bipartisan Congressional Executive Committee on China, wrote a letter to Jeff Schell, CEO of NBCUniversal on December 16.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has generated 73 percent of its revenue over the past four years from the sale of broadcasting rights. About 40 percent of that revenue came from NBC alone.

In the letter, lawmakers note that sponsors of the Olympic Games broadly support the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, making these companies responsible for addressing the human rights impact of their products and services.

“Athletes, support personnel and media representatives will be present in a country where active genocide is taking place, and in adhering to the Games’ bylaws to promote ‘respect for universal and fundamental ethical principles,’ NBCUniversal must consider what this means both for those involved in Beijing and for the citizens of China, ”the letter says.

The Epoch Times reached out to NBCUniversal for comment.

International corporations have shown reluctance to publicly speak out against human rights abuses in China.

At a congressional hearing in July, executives from Coca-Cola, Airbnb, Procter & Gamble and Visa, all four US Olympic sponsors who have pledged worldwide human rights support, did not specify if they would return to relocating the Olympics. country or transfer of games.

“As long as governments allow athletes to attend games, we will be there to support and sponsor them,” one executive told officials.

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In November, Human Rights Watch reported that it had written to everyone but one of the main sponsors of the IOC, as well as NBC, demanding to know why they were largely silent about the climate of rights in China. The only response came from IOC insurance partner Allianz, which says they “support the Olympic Movement and our long-standing support for its ideals will not be shaken.”

A guard walks in front of a sign indicating the countdown to the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China on December 16, 2021. (Andrea Verdelli / Getty Images) #

Although Beijing vouched for fundamental freedoms in China during the 2008 Summer Olympics, China’s human rights record continued to deteriorate as the regime suppressed democracy in Hong Kong, suppressed religious groups and dissidents with high-tech surveillance, and waged a genocide campaign against Uyghur groups.

The human rights organization Freedom House gave China a 9 out of 100 in its latest Freedom in the World report, calling the regime “the most populous dictatorship in the world.”

The United States, joined by allies such as Australia, Canada, Japan and the UK, has said it will not send official delegations to the Beijing Olympics to protest the regime’s atrocities in Xinjiang.

As the date for the Games approaches, pressure is mounting on NBC to withdraw from broadcasts.

In June, a coalition of 200 human rights groups collectively called on NBCUniversal to take action to avoid legitimizing the abuse and “promoting the Genocide Games.”

Earlier this month, Tibetan and Hong Kong activists also staged a protest outside NBC’s Rockefeller Center headquarters in New York, marking a two-month countdown to the Beijing Winter Olympics.

Activists cited Beijing’s censorship of Chinese Olympian Peng Shuai after she brought sexual assault charges against a former high-ranking Chinese official.

The Women’s Tennis Association withdrew from China because of the way Beijing dealt with Peng, they said, and NBC should follow suit.

Eva Fu

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Eva Fu, a New York-based writer for The Epoch Times, specializes in US-China relations, religious freedom, and human rights.

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