The radio and TV broadcasting network in Mainland China serves as a propaganda tool to persecute Falun Gong. This network is controlled directly by the Propaganda Department of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). From the end of the 1980's to the beginning of the 1990's, great strides were made in its development. Especially in the 1990's, heavy investments were made towards developing radio and TV broadcasting technology. At that time, China did not have communication satellites. It leased a foreign communication satellite transponder to launch China Central TV (CCTV) programs and those of other provincial TV stations. Meanwhile, heavy investments were directed towards developing China's own communication satellite. By the late 1990's, CCTV and provincial TV stations switched from TV towers to communication satellites. While developing the satellites, cable TV networks were being developed, too. Cable TV makes up 90% of all TV coverage. Previously, one TV set could only receive several programs; now one TV set can receive dozens of programs.
Since July 20th, 1999, the CCP has used radio, TV, and cable network to spread its slanderous propaganda about Falun Gong to every household. The broadcasting network has become a tool of the CCP to spread lies to poison sentient beings. When practitioners tapped into nationwide cable TV networks to broadcast the truth about Falun Gong in 2002, government officials were seriously panicked. They issued orders at every level, from provinces to cities, districts and streets to implement every possible means to prevent the broadcasting network from being tapped. Cable TV systems are closely monitored. Special organisations to counter Falun Gong sprang into existence; equipment to monitor network security has been purchased; and staff are assigned patrol duty to guard their areas. Especially during the 16th CCP Congress, so-called emergency methods were used to prevent Falun Gong practitioners from tapping into the network. Everyone in the network was assigned specific tasks.
The authorities used every conceivable method to guard the cable TV system amplifiers. The 6-10 Office (an agency specifically created to persecute Falun Gong, with absolute power over each level of administration in the Party and all other political and judiciary systems) assigned this task to the bottom level neighbourhood committees. During the conference, one person in the neighbourhood committee had to promise to guard the amplifiers with his or her life. That person would earn 100 yuan (Chinese currency; 500 yuan is equal to the average monthly income of an urban worker in China) for doing so. The cost of guarding the TV system amplifiers in the downtown area of a city in Southwest China totals around 3,000,000 yuan. The cost for patrolling TV systems totalled about 2,000,000 yuan, and this was only in 2002. This only includes the major cable TV networks in the downtown area for one city. Taking into account all the cable TV networks in all cities in China, the cost to monitor the cable networks during this period of time is huge. The result is the persecution of sentient beings and the concealment of lies at the taxpayer's expense.
The chief executives of the TV broadcasting networks, radio stations, and cable companies and the journalists, editors, and anchors have sold their consciences by adding fuel to the flame and poisoning sentient beings for a little bit of personal gain. All the media that have participated in the defamation and slander of Falun Gong have committed sins, and the people who have been involved will receive retribution for their acts. The retribution is happening right now. For example, the ex-chief of the propaganda department of Chongqing City Zhang Zonghai, the ex-chief of the Chongqing radio and TV broadcasting bureau Zhang Xiaochun, the ex-general manager of the Chongqing Internet company Ding Jiyuan, and the vice manager Du Hongzhi have all been convicted on huge corruption charges and given prison sentences in 2003. These corrupt officials behaved quite arrogantly at the time. At their work meetings, they were waving flags and shouting out plans to slander Falun Gong. It created an evil environment of misinformation, which made the persecution of Falun Gong more severe. All of these political media criminals will ultimately be brought to justice.
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