China state TV to suspend broadcast of NBA exhibition games

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement

8.10.2019

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement.

'We believe that any comments that challenge national sovereignty and social stability are not within the scope of freedom of speech,' says CCTV in a statement

SHANGHAI, China – China's state-run broadcaster said on Tuesday, October 8, it would"immediately suspend" plans to broadcast a pair of NBA pre-season exhibition games being staged in China this week as the fallout grew over an NBA's executive's tweet in support of protesters in Hong Kong.

The US basketball league is facing a mounting backlash in China over a tweet last week by

The announcement made clear CCTV was referring to two annual NBA exhibition games in China, which this year pit the Los Angeles Lakers against the Brooklyn Nets. (

They are set to play in Shanghai on Thursday, October 10, and in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen on Saturday, October 12.

CCTV and Tencent Holdings – which streams NBA games in China – had already said they would halt plans to broadcast Rockets games, while major Chinese sponsors have also cut ties.

The NBA has called Morey's tweet"regrettable" but commissioner Adam Silver on Monday insisted that the league supported his right to express his opinions. (

"We are strongly dissatisfied with and oppose (Silver's) comments in support of Morey's right to free expression," CCTV's statement said.

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