China censor crowd shots at FIFA World Cup 

The Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup is being showed in China without images of crowds, with the state broadcaster cutting out footage of fans not wearing masks, as the country looks to continue its zero-COVID-19 approach to the pandemic.

China Central Television(CCTV) has streamed matches with a 30-second delay, showing an edited feed separate from the FIFA-approved one used worldwide.

Protests have been growing across China over strict restrictions, with some parts of the nation still under lockdown, with officials citing the spread of the virus as the reason for this.

One case of resistance was in Urumqi in the Xinjiang region, after a fire killed 10 people in a building under lockdown.

Bill Birtles, East Asia correspondent for Australian broadcaster ABC, noticed the differences in the feeds shown in Australia and China on Twitter.

“So I thought it was needless that China’s Government broadcaster was censoring shots of fans at the World Cup due to lockdown anger back home, but it’s true,” said Birtles. –Insidethegames

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