British man seeks China state TV ban for forced confession

November 23, 2018 - 6:01 am

LONDON (AP) — A British corporate investigator has complained to U.K. regulators about Chinese state TV, saying its British license should be revoked because it broadcast his forced confession when he was imprisoned in China.

Peter Humphrey filed a complaint Friday against China Central Television and its international division, China Global Television, for violating British broadcasting rules.

Humphrey and his wife spent two years in prison after being convicted of illegally acquiring personal information of Chinese citizens.

The couple had been hired on contract by pharmaceuticals company GlaxoSmithKline to look into a security breach, but became collateral damage when the Chinese government began investigating the pharmaceutical company's bribery practices.

The pair was shown on Chinese television purportedly confessing their crimes.