In 1999, when the Chinese Communist Party began beating down doors and hauling innocent meditators away to prison, even Beijing reporters were caught off-guard, let-alone media and policy-makers around the world. Into this void poured communist propaganda against Falun Gong. As millions were targeted in China for their faith, very few had the facts to tell the world even the basics of who, what, and why of the persecution against Falun Gong.
In the fall of 1999, a few volunteers gathered in an upper West-side apartment of New York City and formed the Falun Dafa Information Center.
Over the next few years, we coordinated with Western journalists—using encrypted software, pay phones and faxes—to help tell the Falun Gong story, while working to keep those in China safe.
In time, a growing network of brave citizen journalists developed across China, coordinated by Minghui.org. From this network, the Center began receiving daily first-hand accounts of wrongful imprisonment, torture, and a wide array of other abuses from across China. We work to get these reports into the hands of human rights workers, media, and policy makers.
This work continues today as tens of millions of people across China remain under constant threat from the on-going persecution campaign to “eradicate” Falun Gong, which experts now call a genocide.