Victims of ‘compelled confessions’ urge Western powers to ban Chinese language TV channels

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13 individuals who describe themselves as “victims of compelled confessions broadcast on Chinese language tv” are urging European satellite tv for pc operator Eutelsat to rethink carrying Chinese language channels CGTN and CCTV4.

The letter revealed by human rights watchdog Safeguard Defenders particulars an inventory of violations that the signatories say China is responsible of utilizing to extort confessions from them and “refuse the proper to a good trial”.

“We’re asking you… to find out whether or not tv suppliers in democratic societies must proceed to be morally complicit within the broadcast of data that’s deliberately twisted and obtained by way of torture,” the group mentioned. 

“We’re solely a dozen victims in a position to converse out…. Many different victims are in jail. A number of have been executed.

“The victims don’t have any means of demanding reparations. The one method to cease that is for tv regulators to research and take measures,” the group added. 

The letter notes Australian public broadcaster SBS stopped utilizing content material from Chinese language state-run tv in March pending a assessment of human rights issues.

The UK additionally fined CGTN for partiality and violation of privateness and eliminated it from the airwaves, a ban that pushed the channel to arrange store in France. 

French audiovisual regulator CSA decided in March that CGTN met the technical standards vital for broadcasting however simply this week Safeguard Defenders submitted two complaints towards the channel. 

One cited an allegedly coerced interview with a Uyghur baby and the opposite was a defamation criticism from German researcher Adrian Zenz, whose reviews on the therapy of Uighurs in China’s western Xinjiang area have drawn rebukes from Beijing.

The signatories are from China and different international locations, together with Chinese language human rights attorneys Bao Longjun and Jiang Tianyong who’ve been focused by authorities of their nation. 

Simon Cheng, a former British consulate staffer in Hong Kong, who was granted asylum within the UK after allegedly being tortured by Chinese language secret police additionally signed the letter. 

Additionally giving help is Swedish activist and Safeguard Defenders co-founder Peter Dahlin, who spent three weeks in jail in 2016 earlier than being expelled from the nation as a nationwide safety risk.

Angela Gui, daughter of Gui Minhai who revealed in Hong Kong till he was sentenced to 10 years in jail in 2020, signed on behalf of her father.


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