CCTV [Chinese state TV] went to the town of Wuzhan in Zhaodong City, Heilongjiang Province, to create a fabricated news report after the persecution of Falun Gong began. A local government officer contrived a plan to contact a local Falun Gong assistant. Without realizing what was going on, the assistant was tricked into going to a "Niuyangge" performance [a popular form of dance in China]. A reporter asked him a few irrelevant questions. The TV station then edited and manipulated the contents of the interview to create a misleading video recording to serve political purposes. CCTV's programme, "Eastern Time," reported falsely: "Falun Gong practitioners of the town of Wuzhan, in Zhaodong City, Heilongjiang Province, gave up their practice of Falun Dafa to perform 'Niuyangge'." The incident raised a great deal of attention among the local residents. Many people commented how scandalous it was that the government publicly created a false story to deceive people.
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