U.S. Lawmakers are calling on NBCUniversal, a news and entertainment network to honor their broadcasting roles that include providing background coverage of the Chinese regime’s human rights abuses.

Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative James McGovern, the chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), a bipartisan and bicameral committee focused on monitoring human rights in the country, sent a letter to NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell on Dec. 16th. 

The letter said, “Athletes, support staff, and members of the media will be present in a country where an active genocide is taking place, and in adhering with the charter of the Games to foster ‘respect for universal and fundamental ethical principles,’ NBC Universal must think about what that means for those participating in Beijing and Chinese citizens alike.”

The letter calls on NBC to report on the truth about the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) human rights persecution in Xinjiang and the suppression of democracy in Hong Kong. The lawmakers further call for NBC to press Chinese authorities to publicly affirm media and religious freedom during the coverage of the Olympics.

The two U.S. lawmakers also asked NBC to avoid propaganda for the CCP’s foreign policies. When broadcasting the Olympics, do not include images of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities wearing traditional Chinese clothing. At the same time, do not include information and pictures that the CCP government uses to propagate happy Xinjiang. Because these scenes are to cover up human rights violations by the CCP authorities.

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