The discussion programme “Touch of Faith” is broadcast every Saturday night on the “Czech Radio 1” station. On the 28th of May 2005, presenter Jakub Siska interviewed the chairman of the Slovak Falun Gong Association.
The radio listeners learned about the brutal persecution against Falun Gong practitioners in China. They also learned that Falun Gong is based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion and tolerance. In answer to a question about whether Falun Gong can help people, the practitioner revealed that when the practice was spread in a Taiwanese jail, some of the inmates improved their moral character to such an extent that their sentences were shortened.
The five sets of Falun Gong exercises were briefly described, including their effect on improving health, relieving stress and bringing a feeling of long-term inner peace.
The second part of the discussion was dedicated to questions from listeners. Some showed interest in learning the exercises or buying Falun Gong books. The practitioner told listeners that the Czech version of the introductory text Falun Gong is available in bookstores.
The programme lasted almost sixty minutes. For the duration of the show, a song from the CD “Free Xiong Wei” could be heard in the background. Xiong Wei was a student of the Technical University of Berlin. She was imprisoned and abused in a Chinese forced labour camp for distributing Falun Gong flyers. Her story touched the listeners, especially when they heard that many people campaigned for her release and the pressure from abroad really did help.
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