The Persecution of Falun Gong as Witnessed by Two Chinese Journalists
(Clearwisdom.net) Two journalists who used to work for Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media outlets fled China and sought refuge in foreign countries. With the freedom they now enjoy overseas, they are both talking about the persecution of Falun Gong that they witnessed, and the restrictions journalists in China face in reporting about Falun Gong.
Persecution of Falun Gong Witnessed by Journalists
Because of their unique position as media, the two journalists witnessed firsthand the brutality and illegality of the persecution of Falun Gong. What is sad is that they can only reveal the truth after first leaving China. If they were to report the truth of the persecution while inside China, they would risk chilling consequences.
One of the journalists is Mr. Jiang Weiping from Dalian, Liaoning Province, who currently resides in Canada. The other is Mr. Qiu Mingwei, a former People's Daily reporter who is now in Indonesia.
Mr. Qiu described the communist regime's crimes he witnessed in person to some overseas media. He gave one example about a woman falling into a river while being chased. He said, "The woman was in her 40's. A group of plainclothes police chased and beat her. In her hurry to escape, she fell into a river and drowned. We were shocked to see this. I asked some onlookers who had come with the woman, 'Why would those people beat you guys so badly?' One of them told me that it was because she was a Falun Gong practitioner."
The CCP's policy of persecution forces people to accept one fact, that is, as long as someone is a Falun Gong practitioner, it's ok to use and and every means to suppress or frame him or her.
Mr. Jiang saw something even more absurd. In one exclusive report he published recently, he described in detail the brutal scene of Dalian City police beating Falun Gong practitioners that he witnessed in 1999. He wrote, "Bo Xilai [former Dalian City mayor] said to the police department chiefs, 'See how organized and effective these Falun Gong people are! And they have such firm belief in Li Hongzhi! How can we not arrest and beat them? Follow my orders and beat them real bad. They deserve it, even if they're beaten to death.'"
Both journalists' accounts also remind us of another shocking truth revealed by a former Chinese reporter who even today still refuses to reveal his name. A former CCP journalist now stationed in Japan told the Epoch Times on March 8, 2006 that there was a special place in Sujiatun District, Shenyang City, Liaoning Province. A large number of Falun Gong practitioners were secretly jailed there. They were all to be killed sooner or later, and have their organs removed for transplants. The journalist said, "They must have been forced to do this against their wills under certain circumstances. Or they were put on the operating table while in a coma to have their organs be taken. I think it must be either of these two cases." Later, numerous pieces of evidence suggested that the organs used to meet the exponentially increasing demand for organ transplants in China were being illicitly extracted from living Falun Gong practitioners.
Communist Regime Controls Media to Block the Truth
Chinese journalists witness authorities committing evil crimes within the CCP's dark political system. However, they do not dare to reveal what they see. One can imagine the ethical struggles within their consciences, unable to tell the truth.
The communist regime has made every effort to block media reports of the persecution of Falun Gong. When the persecution began in 1999, Mr. Jiang was the northern China correspondent of Wenweipo, a Hong Kong-based newspaper. However, the Communist Propaganda Bureau did not loosen their grip on him just because he was based in Hong Kong.
Back in 1999, Mr. Jiang arrived at the scene of a group of Dalian City police beating Falun Gong practitioners. An official from the City Party Propaganda Department said to him, "You must not report this. This is our policy." Mr. Jiang said, "One of my colleagues was on duty in the office that day. He called me every few minutes urging me not to report on this matter. He told me the city propaganda department called him ordering them not to get involved, nor to send out any news reports to the overseas media, otherwise we would be removed from our positions and disciplined."
Mr. Qiu knew that many Falun Gong practitioners who went to appeal lived in very poor conditions. They didn't have enough clothes, nor did they have a decent place to sleep. He once privately offered to help. He reported on this to his boss, but his boss made it clear that he must never touch Falun Gong issues. His boss said, 'If I allow you to report on Falun Gong, I would be done, not to mention you.' 'Done' in China means that one is doomed."
It can be clearly seen that the regime does not even allow one to show sympathy or offer help to Falun Gong practitioners, not to mention standing up for them to defend their rights. If a subordinate violates the policy, his boss will also be implicated and punished.
With its levels upon levels of review, and layers upon layers of inspection, the communist regime is able to cover the truth and its crimes. However, these tricks can never destroy people's conscience or sense of human decency. With more and more journalists and people from within the CCP's system breaking free from it, the communist regime will soon no longer be able to sustain itself.