Italy: Chinese Ambassador Admits He Pressured EutelSat to Stop NTDTV Broadcasts into China
(Clearwisdom.net) On July 10, 2008, Reporters Without Borders in Paris published an audio file, which showed that the reason that EutelSat stopped the NTDTV broadcasts to China was that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exerted pressure on it.
An investigator of World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong (WOIPFG) called the Chinese ambassador in Italy, Sun Yuxi to confirm the information. The record of the phone conversation with Sun Yuxi confirmed the role of CCP in EutelSat incident.
When asked what Sun has done to EutelSat, Sun said:
"I have contacted the president and the vice president of EutelSat. I asked them why they help Falun Gong to broadcast to China. They explained to me that they didn't mean to, and they were tricked by others, blah blah blah. Anyway, that was their explanation."
EutelSat informed Sun Yuxi right after they stopped the broadcasting.
Sun: "Right after they stopped, they informed us. They asked our counselor of the Sciences & Technologies to tell me that they have done what we asked. They also promised us that they would not get involved in any Falun Gong business."
Sun praised and encouraged EutelSat. He said: "I praised them for stopping the broadcasting. I also told them not to get involved anymore. I told them that they need to collaborate with us and promote the positive images of China. They kept apologizing and promised it will not happen again."
What reward will EutelSat get?
Sun said: "they want to have collaborations with Chinese Central TV. Moreover, EutelSat has communication and meteorological satellites, so they want collaborate with Chinese aerospace industrials. They want to rent our equipment to launch their satellites."
NTDTV, headquartered in New York, is one of few Chinese media around the world that are not controlled by the CCP. It is also the only independent Chinese TV station that Chinese people can receive signals from in China. NTDTV broadcasts into China were shut down one month before the Beijing Olympics.
WOIPFG pointed out that the phone conversation records of Sun Yuxi and Peng Keyu, China's Consul General in New York, show that diplomats have been trying to extend China's human right violations to other countries, and that they continue to threaten businesses to tow the party line, or else their business interests with China will suffer.
WOIPFG calls upon the world's people to take action to protect freedom of speech and help NTDTV restore broadcasts into China.
Note: Chinese-language audio files of the conversation with China's Consul to Italy are available at the websites below:
World Organization to Investigate the Persecution of Falun Gong http://upholdjustice.org/ P.O. Box 84 New York, NY 10116 347-448-5790, Fax 347-402-1444