U.S. Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is asking NBC to refuse to air the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.
The Orlando Setninel reports Scott and U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley, (R-MO), penned a letter to NBC Universal CEO Stephen Burke and NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel asking they join in demanding the International Olympic Committee strip the Games from China or else not air the two-week event.
“Communist China is one of the great human rights abusers in the world, and it presents a threat to the safety and security of every athlete and tourist who will travel to Beijing,” they wrote.
China has set up a surveillance infrastructure “that tracks every person’s location and internet activity … [and] uses millions of cameras, powered by facial recognition technology, to spy on and persecute those who criticize the regime.”
Scott and Hawley cited China’s human rights abuses against the Muslim Uyghurs and the crack down on pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong in their letter, first reported by Axios.
NBC Universal did not return a request for comment.