NEW YORK, May 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Residents of New York City, together with the non-profit organization Friends of Falun Gong, have filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court seeking an end to the hate and slander put forth by the New York-area Chinese language newspapers, China Press and Sing Tao Daily.

"Over the past year, a string of defamatory articles published by these newspapers have taken lies, defamatory statements and slanderous labels, and weaved them into articles that incite hatred and distrust for practitioners of Falun Gong among the people of New York City," said Queens resident Janet Xiong, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. "The harm that results from these articles is real, and the damage they have caused has touched numerous facets of our lives."

Plaintiffs in the lawsuit will be joined by attorney Sheldon Leffler in front of the China Press office tomorrow to discuss the details of the case and provide interviews with plaintiffs.

For background information, including news of prior lawsuits related to Jiang Zemin's persecution of Falun Gong in China and overseas, visit .

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