‘Why haven’t I heard about this?’ is a question Falun Gong practitioners and their supporters have heard people outside China ask again and again as they share with others the details of the scale and brutality of the campaign against the group. In this piece, Leeshai Lemish looks at the coverage of Falun Gong in international media and why it remains today one of the worst human rights crises you’ve never heard of.
The Chinese Communist Party holds the reins on reporting in three primary ways: (1) Registration and licensing for news organizations is mandatory and easily revocable by the central government; (2) Many media rely partly or wholly on the CCP for funds; and (3) The CCP appoints the executives within most media organizations. Publishing a politically unacceptable article on a “sensitive” topic like Falun Gong could easily result in the loss of a license, funding, and jobs within the organization.
A Chinese minister was served with legal papers Friday charging him with torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment.
UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan may be receiving a large number of letters from Chinese citizens this year that read more like forced confessions than heart-felt appeals.
Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) released a decision on Friday, August 16 -- the first from a Canadian regulatory body -- against the airing of propaganda attacking Falun Gong on television in Canada.