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Chinese Threaten French on French Soil Over Dali Lama Story

Posted by w_thames_the_d on June 21, 2013


The Chinese are insane at times and this story proves it. Some country needs to stand up to them and kick them in the zipper….

Excerpt

Reporters Without Borders is outraged by the way Chinese diplomatic personnel have harassed and threatened French journalist Cyril Payen, a reporter for the French TV news station France 24, since the station broadcast his documentary “Seven days in Tibet” on 30 May.

A few days after it was broadcast, Chinese embassy personnel went to the TV channel’s headquarters in Paris to demand the documentary’s withdrawal from its website. The Chinese embassy in Bangkok then threatened him by telephone after he arrived in Thailand.

“Such unacceptable behaviour might be expected from the mafia but not from senior diplomats,” Reporters Without Borders said.

“It is acceptable for an embassy to express its disagreement with a report. But it is completely unacceptable for diplomats stationed in France and Thailand to try to intimidate a news outlet into modifying editorial content, to harangue a journalist and to summon him with the intention of interrogating him.

“Such methods are undoubtedly normal in China, and that is regrettable, but they have no place in a free country. The telephone threats that these diplomats made against a French journalist expose them to the possibility of judicial proceedings.

“We urge the French authorities to summon the representatives of the Chinese embassy in Paris in order to protest against this unacceptable harassment. The French authorities must condemn the Chinese government’s use of such aggressive methods with a French journalist and their violation of his freedom of information.”

Payen described to Reporters Without Borders the events that followed the broadcasting of his report. Taking advantage of a loosening in controls on people entering Tibet, Payen, entered the territory clandestinely in early May in order to do a report on China’s repression of its Tibetan minority. His report, entitled “Seven days in Tibet,” was broadcast by France 24 on 30 May and was followed by a live debate.

As Payen was leaving Paris for Bangkok on 3 June, the Chinese embassy in Paris contacted France 24and asked to meet with him. As he had by then already left, two embassy officials went to France 24to talk to its CEO, Marc Saikali. For two hours, they accused the station of broadcasting a mendacious report that was “riddled with errors” and demanded its removal from the website. The station refused.

From harassment to open threats

On his arrival in Bangkok on 4 June, Payen received a call on his mobile phone from the Chinese embassy in Thailand, although neither he nor France 24 had given his number to any Chinese diplomats. Asked to go to the embassy as soon as possible, Payen said he was willing to meet at a Bangkok hotel, but the Chinese diplomats ruled out a meeting anywhere but the embassy.

The embassy then stepped up its harassment of Payen, who received several anonymous calls and many texts. A message left yesterday by a female member of the embassy’s staff was openly threatening.

Here is a voice recording of the threat

http://youtu.be/tp2hETkc1OU

Video of Chinese thugs beating foreign journalists
http://youtu.be/TF0X4gYQVPE

Link
http://en.rsf.org/china-chinese-diplomats-threaten-french-11-06-2013,44762.html?utm_source=Sinocism+Newsletter&utm_campaign=ff3812724a-Sinocism06_12_13&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_171f237867-ff3812724a-29607949

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