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Chinese Communist Party full of praise for the ABC’s Falun Gong investigation
A new three-part attack on the spiritual movement known as Falun Gong is earning plenty of criticism – except from the Chinese Communist Party, which is using it for propaganda, writes James Morrow.
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- Most Australians would be at least vaguely familiar with Falun Gong, either from their regular meditation and exercise sessions which are a feature of life in many suburban parks, or their silent protests against the group’s brutal repression in mainland China — repression that has included arbitrary detention, forced labour, and even organ harvesting.
2.The ABC report did such a good job of trashing Falun Gong that the ABC won praise from a number of Chinese news outlets — including an official “anti-cult” website of the Chinese Communist Party — even before the first episode hit screens in Australia.
- James spoke with Dr. Lucy Zhao, who started practising Falun Gong 20 years ago when she was doing her Ph.D. in Canada and today is the President of the Falun Dafa Association, who told me that this report sets a worrying precedent.
She says that while the documentary was clearly in the works for months, it was only after an ABC crew was spotted filming Falun Gong exercises in a park that the organisation knew something was up and asked to participate.
According to her, it’s almost certain that the Chinese Communist Party will use the ABC reports to justify a further crackdown on Falun Gong practitioners in China, who have been the subject of an official suppression campaign since 1999 when the party decided it was a threat to their rule.
More concerning, it’s clear from the number of Chinese media reports that, according to Zhao, “the Chinese government is really informed about (the ABC series) and are using it to further their suppression of Falun Gong in China.”
- Locally, Zhao reports that there has been an increase in “hate speech” against Falun Gong, with at least one local meditation group being abused in a park by a passer-by who shouted, “why don’t you take medicine?” at them.
She says that while the documentary was clearly in the works for months, it was only after an ABC crew was spotted filming Falun Gong exercises in a park that the organisation knew something was up, and asked to participate.
After sending a seven-page letter to the ABC detailing their concerns about the program and it’s misleading portrayal of the practice’s belief, Zhao was finally interviewed a few days before the program went to air — and, tellingly, was the only subject interrupted by the interviewer.
It’s not surprising, perhaps, that the ABC would challenge a belief system that doesn’t endorse sexual liberalism and which has a large number of followers — Zhao says the group takes no official stance — who support Trump because of his tough stance against Beijing.
But it is a bigger worry when the line of the ABC so closely matches that of the CCP. As Zhao says: “Why is it taxpayer money is being spent on something not in our national interest?”
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