Last Tuesday night the CBC was scheduled to show “Beyond the Red Wall”, a documentary film about the prosecution of the Falun Gong movement in China. But it was cancelled at the last minute. Instead viewers saw a repeat documentary about Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan.
So what happened? CBC officials explained that the current crisis in Pakistan made Mushararraf a timely subject again. But that was not the only or even the main reason the CBC yanked the Falun Gong documentary.
The main reason was that officials at the Chinese embassy in Ottawa complained about the Falun gong film. The Chinese government people said jump and the head honchos at the CBC said how high. They scrubbed the film. In that context the CBC’s excuse about Pakistan rings very hollow.
This will come as news to many Canadian groups, such as veterans and pro-life organizations, who complained to the CBC about programs that offended them and never even got a hearing.
We might note here that the CBC has the rights to Olympic broadcasts from Bejing next summer. Maybe our public brodcaster did not want to offend its Communist hosts. In any event, the CBC has promised to review the film’s content in the light of the Chinese complaints.
We know that Bejing persecutes the Falun Gong. But that the CBC aids and abets this communist crime by censoring it, seems utterly shameful.
Are you a CBC fan? Do you have a way to explain this?