A Falun Gong activist says that intercepting television broadcasts to explain the truth about the persecution of the practice is not illegal.
However, intercepting a TV broadcast does not violate any law in
China, he said. “It is actually protected by China’s law, as it is a
deed of justice.”
Charles Lee said article 21 of China’s Criminal Law stipulates that if a
person is compelled to commit an act in an emergency to avert an
immediate danger to the interests of the state, the public, his own, or
another person’s rights--of the person, property or other rights--thus
causing damage, he shall not bear criminal responsibility.
“Falun Gong practitioners may be ‘compelled’ to intercept TV
broadcasts because of the Chinese
authorities’ relentless persecution of
Falun Gong, which deprives practitioners of every possible channel to
voice their appeals,” Lee said. “The high probability of severe injury
or death as a result of persecution can likely be viewed as immediate
danger to the interests or rights of the person,” he added.
“In short, bringing the truth to the general public is a very
effective way to stop the aforementioned danger. It totally complies
with Article 21 of the Criminal Law. It is a deed of justice,” Lee said.