Exex nix BBC World service after cult report

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HONG KONG — The BBC is negotiating with Chinese TV authorities to get its BBC World channel back on air after it was pulled July 1 following a report about the Falun Gong, the controversial religious cult banned by the government.

Earlier, fears of sabotage by the Falun Gong forced state broadcaster China Central Television and Phoenix Chinese TV to scrap live coverage of speeches marking the fifth anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover to China. CCTV later air taped broadcasts.

Cult followers managed twice in June to intercept satellite signals in China to broadcast pro-Falun Gong messages, for periods lasting from a few seconds to several minutes. Those incidents are being investigated by Mainland security officials.

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