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UK investigates China state TV over forced confession claim

May 8, 2019
FILE - In this Friday, Nov. 23, 2018 file photo, British investigator Peter Humphrey addresses the media during a press conference in London. Britain’s communications regulator says on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 it’s investigating China’s state TV channel over a complaint about fairness and privacy. The investigation follows British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey’s complaint against CCTV and its international division, China Global Television, for airing his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China, which he said violated U.K. broadcasting rules. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, file)

LONDON (AP) — Britain’s communications regulator says it’s investigating China’s state TV channel over a complaint about fairness and privacy.

Ofcom said in a statement Wednesday it is looking into China Central Television, or CCTV.

The investigation follows British corporate investigator Peter Humphrey’s complaint against CCTV and its international division, China Global Television, for airing what he says was his forced confession while imprisoned in China. He says that violated U.K. broadcasting rules.

Humphrey and his wife were hired by pharmaceuticals maker GlaxoSmithKline to look into a security breach, but were themselves arrested after the Chinese government began investigating alleged bribery at the company.

Ofcom promised “appropriate action” if it found rules were broken.

CGTN, which is available on free and pay TV in the U.K., didn’t respond to emailed requests for comment.