Worse Than Any Nightmare–Journalist Quits China to Expose Concentration Camp Horrors and Bird Flu Coverup

March 9, 2006 Updated: March 9, 2006

A long-time reporter who worked for a Japanese non-governmental television news agency and specialized in news on China told The Epoch Times that some little-known and very frightening things are happening in China today. To protect his identity, The Epoch Times will refer to him as Mr. R.

CCP is Hiding Bird Flu from the World

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has concealed the spread of the H5N1 bird flu epidemic within China from the rest of the world, according to Mr. R. Currently, 425 bird flu patients are detained at the Heping District Contagious Disease Hospital and the Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Huanggu District, Shenyang City. These patients are being used for medical experiments. Liaoning Province has decided to not report these patients to the central government and use all of them as subjects for medical experiments. These people have no chance of survival.

Over 6,000 Falun Gong Practitioners are Secretly Detained at Sujiatun Concentration Camp

In Sujiatun District, Shenyang City, the CCP has established a secret concentration camp, where over 6,000 Falun Gong practitioners are detained, said Mr. R. The concentration camp has a crematorium to dispose of bodies. There are also many doctors on site. No detainees have managed to leave the concentration camp alive. Before cremation, the internal organs are all removed from the bodies and sold. Now there are only a few Falun Gong practitioners at the Masanjia Labor Camp and Dabei Second Prison. Most of them have been moved to Sujiatun. Other practitioners from northeastern China and central China are also being transferred there.

“I Am Not Afraid of Death”

“I have escaped to the United States and have just told you about the situation of the bird flu and the Falun Gong practitioners in Sujiatun. Many people are shocked that I exposed the situation. To be honest, I am not afraid of death,” said Mr. R, apparently reflecting on measures that the CCP may take against him after his disclosures.

The following was compiled from an audio record of an interview with Mr. R.

Using Limited Freedom of Speech to Make A Difference for the People of China

I worked in a Japanese television news agency, in charge of news about China. We sold our news programs to various commercial television stations.

Since 1999, the Chinese Embassy in Japan established a news communications company. They also founded a Chinese-language TV station. I was hired by the Education Department of the Chinese Embassy responsible for the production and examination of news reports.

In the last few years, economic reform was speeding up in China and many problems began to emerge. It was as though Pandora's Box had opened. Hope, crime, and darkness; everything was released.

Since taking office, Premier Wen Jiabao has stressed the issue of land acquisition and compensation to farmers for taking their land. However, the local officials did not implement the policies at all. In many areas of China, local gang members were hired by the local governments to attack the farmers who did not want to give up their land. In some areas, the conflicts were small. However, in Guangzhou and Hebei, big conflicts broke out. It started out with knives and shovels, and developed into paramilitary police shooting with guns. As a reporter living overseas [but working in China], I was very angry about the issues. I thought I needed to use the limited freedom of speech I had to make a difference for the people of China. However, that has caused me a lot of trouble, especially since I exposed an incident involving a Japanese consulate official.

Report on Japanese Diplomat's Suicide Caused a Big Stir

What was the incident about? In May 2004, I reported on a Japanese consulate official's suicide. The diplomat was from the Japanese Consulate in Shanghai. However, both the Chinese and Japanese governments were quiet about it. The incident was a big taboo for both governments.

The consulate official was just a secretary, not a consul. He liked women, and his weakness was easily discovered by the National Security Agency. I gathered a lot of information on him through interviews with his lovers and colleagues, as well as those who worked in the hotel and security guards at the parking lots of the popular clubs.

After the incident was exposed, and before the Chinese Embassy realized what was going on, the Tokyo Public Security Commission and police bureau visited me and took away my research on this matter. Soon thereafter, in December 2005, Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe and Foreign Minister Taro Aso gave speeches to address the incident. Making use of its connections with The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan (MOFA), the Chinese Embassy in Japan eventually found out who had reported on this incident. This contributed to my public affairs passport being confiscated [by the Chinese authorities].

Photo Footage from Shanwei

[Prior to that,] On December 6, when the Shanwei shooting in Guangdong Province just happened, we were the first there to cover the incident. At the news meeting, we were detained, guns were pointed at us, and we were forced to lie on the ground. When reporting in China, I liked the idea of having a Japanese photographer taking photos [in addition to video footage]. I thought, naively, that a foreign [of non-Chinese ethnicity] photographer would have less trouble, that even though they may detain me, they may not detain a foreign photographer.

Also, in China, we are not allowed to openly take photos. I was also amazed by the Japanese's photographers' techniques of secretly taking photos. At that time, the Japanese photographer told me, “We can hide the memory card in our Nike sneakers. It is a specially-made one; you can flip the shoe-pad up and put the card in it. They won't find it.”

Japanese are good at these types of things. The hidden shoe compartment was originally designed for hiding money. At that time, even though our video camera and many small things were confiscated, we were able to retain the memory card with the photos. That is why for the Shanwei shooting, we were the only ones that were able to take and keep photos of the event.

Arrested with the Excuse of “Revealing State Secrets”

I was detained by the National Security Agency of Liaoning Province on January 28, 2006. There were two crimes they accused me of: one was “revealing state secrets,” and the other was “subversion of state power.” I was arrested, but since I have many connections in Sengyang, the capital of Liaoning Province, I was released on medical parole [a pretext for getting out of prison] on February 8.

On February 9, I managed to board on a flight for Japan. Life was still troublesome after I arrived in Japan because both my boss and the Chinese Embassy were giving me problems. I decided to go to the United States.

VCD of Police Gang-Raping a Falun Gong Practitioner

There was a video tape in the reference room of the Shenyang Public Security Bureau. It documented the beating of Falun Gong practitioners and the use of torture instruments. There were also scenes of the rape of a female Falun Gong practitioner. This video tape came from brainwashing classes in Huanggu District of Shenyang City. When they [the authorities] were doing the interrogation, they thought they have turned off the camera, but it had not been turned off. While they interrogated the Falun Gong practitioner, they gang raped her. The scenes were wretched. I just don't know how this videotape was made into VCD's and passed along.

At first, the VCD's were found at some market stalls and were for sale. Later, the Shenyang Public Security Bureau found them and started investigating it. They caught the person who made the VCD but didn't punish the person. They only confiscated the original tape. But the VCDs are still available in Shenyang. I viewed the VCD myself.

On the VCD, there was no sound. It took place in a police station. You can see the ones who were interrogating the Falun Gong practitioner, and you can see what they were doing. It was a vivid scene of an interrogation. Upon seeing it, you will know that it's not a fake. It's not possible to fake such things. It was all too real. [Upon seeing it] you will know it is an interrogation in a police station. There were police holding electric batons, and there were those who took notes. If someone takes this VCD to overseas countries, it will become a piece of indisputable evidence. The scenes were inhuman and terrible. The Chinese Communist regime has hidden many things. Many working units persecute Falun Gong. The police have done so many bad things. Some practitioners were beaten to death, but their family members weren't even allowed to take care of their dead. The bodies were directly sent to a crematorium. After cremation, the family members were not even allowed to collect the ashes. What kind of social status is there for Falun Gong in China? As long as you practice Falun Gong, all people in society will look down upon you. And if you disappear, you will disappear forever. Nobody can find you and nobody is allowed to ask.

In the beginning, if your family gave police money, they would release you. Later, this was not allowed anymore. If you truly practice Falun Gong and if you don't yield, the persecution you will receive is beyond imagination. It is similar to the situation of the martyr Zhang Zhixin. I wanted to write an article about her but I just could not get the evidence. In Shenyang, I once wanted to write something about the Great Cultural Revolution, and I had just no way to get the evidence I needed. Right now, for Falun Gong, it is the same.

I Went to Hospitals To Interview Some Nurses

I went to a few hospitals to interview some nurses, and was told that the Falun Gong practitioners incarcerated in hospital were in a wretched condition. The persecution of Falun Gong is not any less cruel than what occurred during the Cultural Revolution.

I wanted to learn and understand more about Falun Gong. The Falun Gong practitioners in Japan look simple and sincere and are not like other Chinese people living in Japan. Generally Chinese people living in Japan are always looking for the good life. Two to three thousand US$ per month seems to be considered a fairly good income. In U.S and in Japan everyone aspires to a high income, yet only Falun Gong practitioners are dressed very simply and live a pure, monastic sort of life.

I have found myself feeling very close to Falun Gong practitioners in conversation and by listening to them I found something that has been lost for a long time in the souls of the Chinese people. Because there are many cult groups in Japan, such as Aum Shinriykyo, I wanted to understand the teachings of Falun Gong: Why they practise; and what kind of level they want to achieve.

After talking to Falun Gong practitioners and reading Mr. Li Hongzhi's books, I could not find anything that relates to the end of the world or anything that teaches people to kill or destroy, so I do not understand why the Chinese communist regime calls it a cult and persecutes them. Everything I heard them say is kind and honest, and I don't believe that anyone would have a problem in accepting them at face value.

I was very moved by the Falun Gong practitioner's banners “Falun Dafa is Good” and “Truthfulness, Compassion and Forbearance are Good.” I also wanted to know the reason why the communist regime is persecuting Falun Gong. I really wanted to understand why, and the deeper I understood, the more I realized that Falun Gong practitioners are enduring a horrendous suffering through this inhumane persecution happening today in China.

Recently in Hong Kong, Falun Gong practitioners were beaten when thugs broke into the Epoch Times Office and damaged the Epoch Times printing factory. I want to remind Falun Gong practitioners and other organizations in Japan, to please be careful.

Two Hospitals in Shenyang City Locked Up 425 Bird Flu-infected Patients

I also want to talk about the bird flu problem in China. I believe that most people are aware of bird flu [in China], but do you believe there is no bird flu outbreak in China at present?

On Feb 27, China's State Forest Administration Wild Life Plant Conservation Office Chief Zhuo Rongsheng said, “Now, I can be sure there is no bird flu [in humans] outbreak in China.” Yet, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has never stopped suspecting that there is a bird flu outbreak [in humans] in China. The WHO could not find any evidence to support their suspicions, and they remain unsure whether the bird flu [in humans] is still only contained in Guangzhou.

Two days ago, hospital medical staff accidentally leaked information that one person had died of bird flu in Guangzhou. It was then the outside world began to pay attention to the region of Guangzhou. Now the world is closely watching bird flu issue because of its highly infectious nature. However, in China's northeast city Shenyang there is an area that no ones knows or thinks about [with respect to this issue]. Recently I kept a close watch on that. The Wild Life Plant Conservation Office has been saying that there were 150 state level wild life observation stations and 402 provincial level observation stations, but I found that they either do not exist, or they have not been activated.

The Communist regime has stated to the world that there is no bird flu problem in China and they also claim to have many observation stations in China, but the truth of the matter is that there is no monitoring of bird flu in China.

In the past when talking about AIDS, Chinese people think of Hebei Province. Now, when talking about bird flu, people think of Guangzhou. Because there are many poultry farms in Guangzhou's suburb, the infectious problem is more serious than in other places. Actually, the bird flu is not just spread from birds, it can be passed around wild animals like civet cats. I have found and can prove that now there are large number of cases of bird flu infection in Zhalong, Helongjiang province and Xianghai, Jilin Province.

I Can Name Two Institutions Housing a Large Number Human Bird Flu Infection Cases

The Chinese Communist regime has said there were only 14 lab-verified human bird flu infection cases and eight deaths, not including the three recent cases. I can give the names of two institutions [involved in a coverup], Shenyang City Contagious Disease Hospital in Heping District, Shenyang and the Affiliated Hospital of Liaoning College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Huanggu District, Shenyang. Most of the bird flu-infected patients are locked in these two hospitals, and shockingly there are 425 patients who have contracted bird flu.

I got this information from a Shenyang Municipal Public Health Bureau internal report. The Bureau reported this directly to the Liaoning Provincial Committee, bypassing the Shenyang Municipal Committee even though the Municipal Committee is located on the other side of the street from the Provincial Committee.

So what is the Provincial Committee's policy in handling this issue? It is not to report to upper level authorities any outbreaks of bird flu, and all bird flu patients in the hospital are being treated as experimental medical subjects.

Relatives Cannot Help Bird Flu Infection Patients, as They Will Never Be Released

Bird flu patients are just like SARS patients, their relatives cannot help them because they are nearly dead, and they will never be released out of the hospitals [where they are held]. Some of the patients are not Shenyang residents, and nobody knows that they are inside the hospital. As soon as they entered the hospital they become experimental medical subjects–this will never be made public.

Secret Concentration Camp in Sujiatun, Shenyang

I have worked as journalist in China for some time now, and have been exposing the situation of Falun Gong. Most of the people know that there is a Masanjia Labor Camp in Shenyang City, Liaoning Province, that there is a Dabei Second Prison near the Masanjia Labor Camp, and that there is a brainwashing center located in the Huanggu District Police Department. You may not know that there is another facility especially used to torture Falun Dafa practitioners in the Sujiatun District. Up until now, nobody has dared to do an interview to report this place.

Most prisons and labor camps have detainees going in and out, and eventually information will be brought out. But this Sujiatun Concentration Camp has not had anyone come out yet; therefore, the people outside find it very difficult to know what is happening inside. During my other interviews in Shenyang, I learned that there are very few Falun Dafa practitioners still detained in the Masanjia Labor Camp or in Dabei Prison, because they have been sent to this concentration camp in Sujiatun.

The Sujiatun Concentration Camp has steel gates that remain closed all the time. There is a three-meter high brick wall that has electric wire netting on top. No one can see in from outside, and people living nearby have said that this place is always tightly sealed. This is a secret prison, so you will see neither people (uniformed or not) nor vehicles coming in or out for two or three days at a time.

In China, actually, there is no constitutional law that can legally sentence Falun Gong practitioners, so they are locked inside this facility.

Practitioners from the Three Northeastern Provinces Are Shifting to Sujiatun

According to an insider, all people locked inside the Sujiatun facility are Falun Gong practitioners, and currently, there are more than six thousand Falun Dafa practitioners detained here, including practitioners from the three northeastern provinces and central China.

Maybe you have heard about the torture methods used at the Masanjia Labor Camp–the most common torture is shocking with electrical batons. The torture techniques from Masanjia have been passed to all levels of the CCP Political and Judiciary Committees.

If Falun Gong practitioners are sent to Sujiatun, I believe that they will never come out. What is the Chinese communist regime doing to them behind those walls? The Chinese regime would never feed and house them indefinitely. What many people probably do not know is that the CCP Political and Judiciary Committee system in the Shenyang City Area and Yanbian Korean Autonomous Prefecture have learned many things from the Concentration Camps in North Korea.

Prisoners' Organs Were Removed and Doctors Sell Them

I am sorry that I have to use such a direct way to speak such a fact, Falun Gong practitioners are killed for their organs, which are then sent to medical facilities. Currently, the organ business is a very profitable one in China.

Many patients that have died on operating tables have had their organs taken away. No one investigates it. Even doctors are involved in this trade. They cannot find enough bodies through executions, and no one is more readily available than practitioners to do this business.

Why Was a Crematorium Built and Why Are So Many Doctors Housed There?

Someone told me all of the people who built the Sujiatun Camp were long term prisoners who did not know what they were building, and for what purpose. Why was a crematorium built and why are so many doctors housed there? The CCP is not kind enough to treat prisoners so well. The answer is something beyond your imagination. You must be clear that a body cremator is different than a burner used for sanitizing. Each prison is normally equipped with a burner. But if someone dies, that is no small matter, and the body must be sent to the crematorium in the city. Why is there a crematorium inside the Sujiatun Secret Camp? Why do they need to burn bodies? Why do they need so many doctors? Now you know why.

About the reliability of this information–I have many information sources, and I am very careful about each source. I obtained this information from public health systems and hospitals, which are sources that are highly important to me.

We buy information from informants, as we have many informants. For example, in Shenyang city, I have many informers. No matter whether they have news or not, every month I pay them a good salary.

What Is Happening in China today Is Worse than Any Nightmare

For example, on December 6, 2005, in Dongzhou village, Shanwei, Guangzhou province many people were shot and killed. It was not a sudden riot; it was an organized, planned massacre. We were the first batch of journalists who got there to do interviews. Although we had a fair idea what had happened, nothing could prepare us for the reality of the situation.

We went there to report under the name of a Japanese TV station. Many photos on the Japanese version of the Epoch Times are from us. In other words, we have informers all around China, and our informers arrange many other informers. We pay them every month and the cost is very high. In Japan, people respect good work and it is important that the photos I shot, and the news I report must be true. For the pictures at the Shanwei massacre, I paid a huge price.

Now that I am in the U.S., I can talk about the bird flu outbreak [in China] and about the Falun Gong practitioners in Sujiatun Concentration Camp. Everyone will be shocked when they hear this news. Today, every word in this conversation [interview] is true.

I have already put my life at risk to get this important news out to the world. I believe this is an issue of whether or not I am a responsible journalist and human being. I am unveiling this information through the Epoch Times. This is my faith [reporting important news truthfully], the faith of my profession, and it is this faith that drives me out to expose these atrocities.