First Live Overseas Chinese Internet Newscast Focuses on Hong Kong Rights Abuses

By Chen Zhongyu, Epoch Times Staff
July 3, 2007 Updated: July 3, 2007

On June 30, The Epoch Times, NTDTV and Youmaker jointly launched the first live international Chinese TV network broadcast. Many Chinese people in mainland China and around the world watched the broadcast program after successfully breaking through the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)'s Internet blockade.

The live broadcast took place between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. outside the Chinese Embassy, Washington D.C., where local people from all walks of life staged a protest in front of the embassy. The purpose of the demonstration was to call international attention to recent incidents in which large groups of Taiwanese citizens were being repatriated back to Taiwan from Hong Kong.

People from all walks of life attended the demonstration. Human rights activists, those who believe in freedom for Hong Kong, Falun Gong practitioners and supporters were all in attendance. The live TV broadcast showed several people making speeches in which they condemned the CCP for abusing democracy, freedom and human rights in Hong Kong since taking over the former British colony in 1997. Jiang Zemin and Luo Gan's group were singled our for their especially cruel persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, which has also extended outside of Chinese territories such as Hong Kong under “One Country, Two Systems.”

According to demonstration organizers, the Hong Kong Immigration Department had identified and illegally repatriated large numbers of Falun Gong practitioners. As of June 29, nearly 500 people had been repatriated. The continuing repatriation is the largest in the history of Hong Kong. It has shocked the world and become an international diplomatic incident. The purpose of the demonstration was to call international attention to the event.

During the demonstration, the live video and sound from Youmaker were clear and continuous.

The live TV transmissions were announced over Youmaker, enabling large numbers of Internet users to also watch the demonstration in real time

Youmaker spokesperson Galen Wu said that the live broadcast was the first time that overseas Chinese TV network news had broken the CCP's blockade of news transmissions from outside mainland China.