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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Callers crank 'Gong' Show

Believe or not, Beijing is meddling again with NTDTV Chinese New Year Spectacular. Cynthia R. Fagen has the scoop.

NY Post: February 7, 2007 -- Crank callers from China have been hogging telephone ticket hot lines here in an attempt to sabotage a Chinese variety show at Radio City Music Hall because it puts a positive spin on the outlawed Falun Gong sect, according to the show's backers.

"They are trying to occupy the time so other callers who want to buy tickets can't call in," said Carrie Hung, the troupe's spokeswoman.

Backers claim the festive "Chinese New Year Spectacular" - which celebrates the Year of the Pig - is being targeted by government officials back home.

The show takes the stage at the start of China's lunar calendar this month.

The calls, with the area code 681, emanate from Beijing.

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