CCTV Slanders Falun Gong by Lying About the Real Reason Behind Cao Yuzhen's Suicide

On July 22, 1999, the China Central Television station (CCTV) broadcast a news story about a woman named Cao Yuzhen, who jumped into the Dongming River to commit suicide. This was then blamed on Falun Dafa. On investigation, it was found that it was a set up to frame Falun Gong. The following is the true situation:

Cao Yuzhen, female, 30 years old, was from Shijiazhuang City, Hebei Province. According to the villagers, she was mentally ill. She would go to stranger's houses and say things that didn't make any sense.

She had never practised Falun Gong. Her husband had taken her to see a Falun Gong practitioner, hoping that the practitioner would treat her or teach her the practice. Since Falun Dafa makes it very clear that mental health patients are not to practise, the practitioner didn't teach her the Falun Gong exercises, nor did the practitioner treat her illness. Both the husband and wife were sent home.

According to the villagers, she didn't get along with her husband. When her husband found her body, he reportedly didn't show any emotion. Instead, he said, "I will pay anyone who offers to retrieve her body from the water", which was far from what was portrayed on CCTV as he was said to be crying his eyes out over her death.

Even the local police who investigated the incident felt that it was far-fetched to blame it on Falun Dafa and found it hard to understand that CCTV lied about it.

We feel great heartache for Ms. Yuzhen and her family and are saddened to learn that CCTV have used her death as a propagnda ploy.

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