«Forced Confession» Victims Urge Chinese TV Channels Ban.

'Forced Confession' Victims Urge Chinese TV Channels Ban

"We are only a dozen victims able to speak out," the group said.

Paris:

Thirteen people who describe themselves as "victims of forced confessions broadcast on Chinese television" are urging European satellite operator Eutelsat to reconsider carrying Chinese channels CGTN and CCTV4.

The letter published by human rights watchdog Safeguard Defenders details a list of violations that the signatories say China is guilty of using to extort confessions from them and "refuse the right to a fair trial".

"We are asking you... to determine whether television providers in democratic societies ought to continue to be morally complicit in the broadcast of information that is intentionally twisted and obtained through torture," the group said.

"We are only a dozen victims able to speak out.... Many other victims are in prison. A few have been executed.

"The victims have no way of demanding reparations. The only way to stop this is for television regulators to investigate and take measures," the group added.

The letter notes Australian public broadcaster SBS stopped using content from Chinese state-run television in March pending a review of human rights concerns.

The UK also fined CGTN for partiality and violation of privacy and removed it from the airwaves, a ban that pushed the channel to set up shop in France.

French audiovisual regulator CSA determined in March that CGTN met the technical criteria necessary for broadcasting but just this week Safeguard Defenders submitted two complaints against the channel.

One cited an allegedly coerced interview with a Uyghur child and the other was a defamation complaint from German researcher Adrian Zenz, whose reports on the treatment of Uyghurs in China's western Xinjiang region have drawn rebukes from Beijing.

The signatories are from China and other countries, including Chinese human rights lawyers Bao Longjun and Jiang Tianyong who have been targeted by authorities in their country.

Simon Cheng, a former British consulate staffer in Hong Kong, who was granted asylum in the UK after allegedly being tortured by Chinese secret police also signed the letter.

Also giving support is Swedish activist and Safeguard Defenders co-founder Peter Dahlin, who spent three weeks in jail in 2016 before being expelled from the country as a national security threat.

Angela Gui, daughter of Gui Minhai who published in Hong Kong until he was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 2020, signed on behalf of her father.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Tyrus: Woman who racially berated cop 'should be ashamed of herself'.

Tyrus: Woman who racially berated cop 'should be ashamed of herself'.

'Gutfeld!' panel reacts to the left's outrage at police officers. #FoxNews #Gutfeld Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breakin...

President of Nigeria urged to declare state of emergency.

President of Nigeria urged to declare state of emergency.

The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, is being urged by lawmakers to declare a state of emergency as the country faces growing security crises on multiple fronts. CNN's Zain Asher speaks with with Nicholas Norbrook, Managing Editor of The Af...

BREAKING: 'Not the time for a reckless referendum' on Scottish Independence, says Boris Johnson.

BREAKING: 'Not the time for a reckless referendum' on Scottish Independence, says Boris Johnson.

Boris Johnson has dismissed a second referendum on Scottish independence, saying that people feel 'this is not the time'. SUBSCRIBE to our YouTube channel for more videos: Follow us on Twitter: Like us on Facebook: Follow us on Instagram: For more...

G7 rocked by Covid-19 scare after 'two positive cases amongst Indian delegation'.

G7 rocked by Covid-19 scare after 'two positive cases amongst Indian delegation'.

Wednesday's G7 meeting in London has been rocked by a Covid-19 scare after two members of the Indian delegation tested positive. The country's entire team is now self-isolating, but will still try to attend meetings of the group virtually. Senior ...

The Guardian at 200: birthday messages from famous faces.

The Guardian at 200: birthday messages from famous faces.

To mark the Guardian's 200th birthday, an array of names from culture, science, politics and activism wish us a happy birthday and celebrate the impact we've had on their lives and careers

Faith Leaders Join Efforts to Promote Covid-19 Vaccines.

Faith Leaders Join Efforts to Promote Covid-19 Vaccines.

One-third of Americans are vaccine hesitant, but a new study says faith leaders can help change that