The Epoch Times is adding another print edition to its media network around the world, with the launch of a weekly edition in Melbourne, Australia on November 8.
The Melbourne edition is a localized edition of the national Australian edition that has been published weekly in Sydney since 2004, and marks a new era in growth for the company.
The Epoch Times flagship newspaper edition is published in New York five days a week.
Weekly editions are published in major cities across the United States and Canada. Other English-language editions are published in London, Hong Kong, and Dublin.
As an international and multi-lingual media network, the Epoch Times is available in 35 countries and in 19 languages around the world.
Thomas Houston, president of The Epoch Times, says he is proud to add Melbourne to the growing list.
“The Epoch Times pledges to bring to our Melbourne readership truthful reporting focusing on preserving universally recognized values around the world,” he said in a statement.
The first editions of the The Epoch Times were in Chinese language. They were spearheaded by a group of Chinese-Americans who had seen what the leaders of China would do its own people in order to stay in power, first through the Tiananmen Square massacre, and then in the persecution and attempted eradication of the practice of Falun Gong. They wanted to let the Western world know what was really going on behind the propaganda enshrouding the mainland.
The Epoch Times pledges to bring to our Melbourne readership truthful reporting focusing on preserving universally recognized values around the world.
—Tom Houston, CEO -- The Epoch Times
The English edition began online in 2003, expanding to a print edition in 2004. Weekly editions followed soon after in Australia and in Canada.
Australian Matt Robertson reports on China for the Epoch Times and has been nominated for the 2012 United Nations Association of Australia Media Peace Awards for his reporting on illegal organ harvesting from Falun Gong practitioners in China.
He says that with Australia increasingly intertwined with China, both geographically and economically, it is critical that Australians have a full understanding of the modern China they are dealing with.
“As China looms ever larger on Australia’s horizon, Australians need to understand the country and its state apparatus with greater depth and sophistication. The work that The Epoch Times is doing to report on these uncomfortable truths about contemporary China is thus crucial,” he said.
Epoch Times reporter Sonya Bryskine has also been nominated under a media category of the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2012 Human Rights Awards for her article “Confucius Institutes import discrimination.” Ms. Bryskine’s report highlights how Australia’s workplace employment laws have been compromised by the Confucius Institute’s hiring policies that clearly state that their teachers may have “no record of participation in Falun Gong” or any other organization deemed “criminal” by the Chinese regime. These include groups that participate freely in Australian society, such as Christian churches, pro-democracy groups, and Tibetans who maintain links to the Dalai Lama.
These are serious issues of public concern that will continue to arise as Australia’s relationship with China grows beyond economic ties.
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