Senior Chinese official says tougher measures needed

Source: Associated Press
Publication date: 2002-08-21
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BEIJING (AP) — China plans to tighten controls over television and the Internet, in a clampdown prompted by the banned Falun Gong spiritual group’s hijacking of cable and satellite TV systems, a senior Chinese official said Wednesday.

Falun Gong sympathizers embarrassed the government this spring by tapping into local cable TV systems to promote the meditation group, outlawed in China as an “evil cult”. In June, a state-run satellite system briefly displayed messages of support for the group in a TV broadcast after its signal was hijacked.

Qu Weizhi, vice-minister of the State Council Information Office, referred to the widely publicized June incident in a speech to a broadcasting industry conference. “This crime shows that the various hostile forces attacking the broadcasting system are skilled and professional,” she said.

Qu also complained that Falun Gong supporters have used both the Internet and television to spread what she called “reactionary propaganda.” She also said that the ideology of Western countries is penetrating China through the Internet.

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