For those that don’t know CNY is one of the abbreviations for Chinese “People’s Currency”, and the CBC is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Canada’s national public broadcaster. That sets the stage as it were.
This last Tuesday, November 6th, 2007 CBC was supposed to be airing Peter Rowe’s new documentary Beyond the Red Wall: The Persecution of Falun Gong on CBC Newsworld’s documentary program, The Lens. Sadly just hours before the show was slated to be aired Mr. Rowe received word that the film wasn’t going to be shown and that they felt the film should be re-edited. Even though CBC editors and lawyers approved the documentary in March it was not going to be shown. Even though Red Wall was promoted in television spots and on the CBC website for weeks it was not going to be shown. Mr. Rowe obviously questioned this last minute decision.
Two related facts came quickly and malignantly to light, like the first eruption of a melanoma on otherwise fair skin – CBC is currently Canada’s 2008 Beijing Games Olympic Broadcaster and cultural representative in Ottawa’s Chinese embassy had called CBC within the last week to complain about the film.
Peter Rowe was informed that he must change segments of the film that are particularly sensitive to the Chinese authorities. One segments involves the confirmed report that Chinese communist regime has been killing Falun Gong believers for their organs and selling the organs for profit, some to foreigners. Another “inappropriate” segment is one that discredits an alleged Falun Gong “self-immolation” incident. An analysis of the self-immolation video in Rowe’s film supports that the incident was staged!
How much would anyone like to wager that the Chinese government threatened CBC with the loss of the Olympic Broadcast privileges or other similar threats that would have made their broadcasting of the Olympic impossible or ineffective? How fast do you think CBC gave in and kowtowed to Beijing?