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Sunday, July 08, 2007

First Live Overseas Chinese Internet Newscast Focuses on Hong Kong Rights Abuse

Epoch Times: July 4, 2007 - On June 30 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., The Epoch Times, New Tang Dynasty Television and Youmaker.com jointly transmitted an Internet live Chinese news report. It was the first live news report in overseas Chinese website history. The live broadcast is marked as a new form of information source for Chinese speakers abroad, as well as for people in mainland China who have found ways to break the Internet blockade.

The live news report was about a rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington D.C.protesting Hong Kong's recent illegal and violent repatriation of over 500 Taiwan Falun Gong practitioners. The protestors called for international attention on the new human rights violations.

Among the protestors were Falun Gong practitioners as well as many other people concerned with Hong Kong's human rights and freedom. Viewers of the live broadcast listened to speakers at the rally who condemned the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for abusing democracy, freedom and human rights in Hong Kong since taking over the former British colony in 1997. Speakers called the recent repatriation an extension of the Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan gang's cruel persecution of Falun Gong practitioners in mainland China. According to the protestors, the CCP concept of "One Country, Two Systems" for Hong Kong apparently does not apply to human rights.

The demonstration organizers told the reporter that the recent repatriation, happening right before Chinese leader Hu Jintao's Hong Kong visit, was the largest repatriation case in Hong Kong history. Over 500 Taiwanese were denied entry to Hong Kong for no other reason than being Falun Gong practitioners. The religious discrimination and open violation of human rights has drawn criticism and sparked protests from all over the world.

The quality of the live Internet broadcast was satisfactory. Both audio and video being clear and smooth according to viewers.

According to the technical department of Youmaker.com where the broadcast was posted, large numbers of people watched the report in real time.

Youmaker.com spokesperson, Galen Wu, said that it was the first time that an overseas Chinese TV news network had broadcast live news. He expressed the company's wish that this new form of news broadcasting would serve as a faster and more attractive Internet platform for Chinese speakers to keep track with what is happening in the world.

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