The news about Falun Gong is not what it used to be, but the Chinese state regards it to be an evil cult.
Equally Falun Gong regards the Chinese state as an evil cult. The Epoch Times though it claims to be
independent is regarded as an instrument of the Falun Gong views.
Below we have some articles and web sites to explore:
“Dr. Liu Kang, professor of Chinese Cultural Studies at Duke University and Associate Director of the Chinese Populations and Socioeconomic Studies Center, was one of the critics who said in 2006 that the paper did not adhere to basic journalistic standards of professionalism and objectivity, and is “not viewed as an independent objective news media” by mainland Chinese. Liu said the journal’s credibility as media professionals has been damaged by Wang Wenyi while she was calling, out of line, on president Hu Jintao at his visit at the White House to stop the killings. In the view of James Bettinger, a professor of Communications at Stanford University and the director of the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships, if The Epoch Times writing about Falun Gong is consistently in the same perspective, without any articles examining Falun Gong, “people would perceive it as being not credible”.
Orville Schell, dean of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, said in 2005 that “It’s hard to vouch for their quality because it’s difficult to corroborate, but it’s not something to be dismissed as pure propaganda.”
Arthur Waldron, a China scholar and Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, described The Epoch Times as a “striking” example of media attempting to break through China’s Golden Shield Project, and believes it is obvious that “its reports are drawn from a network of correspondents inside China, a network that the authorities have not been able to destroy.” He recommended those who want to get a sense of what is really going on in China should “pay at least as much attention to The Epoch Times as they do to the People’s Daily.” –See wikipedia article below
The Epoch Times
The Chinese government has officially defined Falun Gong as an evil cult.
Falun Gong Digest
On How the Chinese Communist Party Is an Evil Cult
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