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Friday, August 13, 2010

Chinese Regime Uses Doctored Photo to Discredit The Epoch Times

Planted photo part of effort to distract from lies told by officials about Nanjing disaster

Epoch Times: The Chinese regime has sought to suppress The Epoch Times since it first began printing. In November, 2000, just a few months after The Epoch Times first began, 30 Epoch Times staff inside mainland China were arrested, with at least one dozen reporters sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison.

More recently, Epoch Times columnists have been arrested: Zheng Yichun in 2004, Zhang Lin in 2005, and Zhang Jianhong (pen name Li Hong) in 2007.

“Outside of China, The Epoch Times has faced persistent attempts by the Chinese regime to interfere with our operations,” said Mr. Pan. “In spite of the attempts to silence The Epoch Times, we have continued to report the facts to the Chinese people, which has frightened the regime.”

“In this case, The Epoch Times reported accurately on the loss of life in Nanjing. The important story here is not a mistake made with a photo; it is the lies by the Chinese regime about what happened in Nanjing and then the lies told to try to distract from the original lies,” Mr. Pan said.

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