On the front page of today\u2019s New York Times (Sunday edition) is an article entitled \u201cHow an Obscure Newspaper\u2026\u201d This article propagates false statements about Falun Gong, as well as a striking trivialization of the nature and scale of human rights abuses faced by Falun Gong practitioners in China. We are saddened to see the New York Times malign Falun Gong in an attack on a rival media. The mistakes made in this article about a Buddhist-based spiritual practice and its teachings as well as the significant omissions surrounding the persecution in China signals a gross negligence, or perhaps even malintent, on the part of the New York Times. Unfortunately, it is not an anomaly, but rather, the latest example of a 20-year-long silence on, and distortion of, terrible human rights abuses ongoing in communist China. Terrible Atrocities and a Suspicious Silence When the Chinese Communist Party CCP) first launched a nationwide campaign to \u201celiminate\u201d Falun Gong in China, at least 70 million people had taken up the Buddhist-based spiritual practice. Some Chinese media reported as many as 100 million were practicing. For the past 21 years, millions of people who practice Falun Gong have been harassed, detained, imprisoned, tortured or killed by Chinese authorities, a fact that has been regularly documented in annual reports by the United Nations, Amnesty International, Freedom House, and the U.S. Department of State, among others. Here is a small sampling of these reports to note: The UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Manfred Nowak, reported in 2007 that "Falun Gong practitioners accounted for 66 percent of victims of alleged torture while in government custody."In 2016, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed House Resolution 343, \u201cexpressing concern regarding persistent and credible reports of systematic, state-sanctioned organ harvesting\u201d from Falun Gong practitioners in \u201clarge numbers.\u201d The text of the resolution also noted that \u201cin many detention facilities and labor camps, Falun Gong prisoners of conscience comprise the majority of the population, and have been said to receive the longest sentences and the worst treatment.\u201dFreedom House in 2015 stated that \u201cHundreds of thousands of adherents were sentenced to labor camps and prison terms, making them the largest contingent of prisoners of conscience in the country.\u201dAmnesty International\u2019s 2017\/18 report stated, \u201cFalun Gong practitioners continued to be subjected to persecution, arbitrary detention, unfair trials and torture and other ill-treatment.\u201dIn 2019, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, a former prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, who led the prosecution of Slobodan Milosevic, convened an independent tribunal in London which, after assessing all the evidence, concluded that Falun Gong practitioners were and continue to be killed for their organs "on a significant scale." This story was covered by the BBC, Forbes, The Guardian, Newsweek, The Telegraph, The Wall Street Journal, and NBC. And yet, with all this documented evidence readily available, this New York Times article reduces the sum-total of human rights abuses faced by Falun Gong in China as mere accusations made by Falun Gong and Falun Gong alone: \u201cThe group... accuses of torturing Falun Gong practitioners and harvesting the organs of those executed.\u201d The parenthetical reference the article makes to practitioners being sent to labor camps \u201cin the early years\u201d hardly makes up the difference. This begs the question: in the face of such extensive documentation by human rights organizations, democratic governments in the West, the United Nations, and many of other media outlets, why would the New York Times characterize the entirety of the evidence as \u201cThe group\u2026 accuses\u201d? Is the New York Times reticent to tell the full story about the persecution of Falun Gong, and if so, why? Perhaps, it has something to do with the meeting between New York Times publisher, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., and former CCP leader Jiang Zemin (who single-handedly started the persecution of Falun Gong) back in 2001? After all, nytimes.com was immediately unblocked in China after this meeting. Furthermore, for years after this meeting, there was no meaningful reportage about the Falun Gong persecution for 20 years (with one notable exception: the work of Andrew Jacobs). New York Times publisher meets with Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin, who rose to power right after the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, and single-handedly ordered the persecution campaign against Falun Gong. After this meeting, nytimes.com was unblocked in China, and the Times largely stopped reporting on Falun Gong. Ironically, it is one of the New York Times\u2019 own that gives further clues as to the silence. Former New York Times Beijing correspondent Didi Kirsten Tatlow\u2019s testimony to the China Tribunal suggests not only that forced organ harvesting from prisoners of conscience did take place in China, that it was an open secret among transplant surgeons, but notably, that the New York Times actively discouraged her from reporting on this fact. Blatant Falsehoods This Times article also carries blatant falsehoods about the Falun Gong teachings and beliefs. For example, the article propagates the idea that Falun Gong \u201cforbids interracial marriage.\u201d Yet, even the most casual examination of Falun Gong communities anywhere around the world, including here in New York, demonstrates that interracial marriage, and mixed-race children abound. In fact, the executive director of the Falun Dafa Information Center as well as several members of the volunteer staff at the Center are in interracial marriages, many with children. All practice Falun Gong. https:\/\/vimeo.com\/467854453 Then, where does this lie come from? In recent years, Chinese embassy websites throughout the West have started to use this phrase to demonize Falun Gong in their English language propaganda because they know it will be triggering in the West. By including this falsehood in the article, the New York Times demonstrates either a failure to conduct even a basic level of fact-checking, or worse, knowingly included it to strengthen the narrative of the story. This article repeats additional CCP propaganda points on Falun Gong, which can be explored further at: https:\/\/faluninfo.net\/misconceptions\/. Implying Thuggery or Worse There were more subtle, yet no less misleading, statements made in this New York Times article as well. When characterizing some of his sources, the author indicates that they spoke anonymously because they \u201cfeared retaliation\u2026 Falun Gong.\u201d Not only does the article present no evidence or credence for this \u2018fear,\u2019 there is an abundance of notable figures who have actually come to know the Falun Gong community well and can testify that such a sentiment is groundless. David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State (Asia Pacific) describes Falun Gong as: \u201cwonderfully sweet, kind people without a vicious bone in their body.\u201d Professor Arthur Waldron, Lauder Professor of International Relations in the Department of History at the University of Pennsylvania, has said Falun Gong: \u201care outstanding people by any standard: intelligent, well-educated, hard-working, moral in their behavior, courageous.\u201d In fact, for more than 20 years, millions of people across China have faced terrible violence and oppression, and there\u2019s not a single known case of a Falun Gong practitioner raising their hands in retaliation against their oppressor. But again, none of this context is included and readers are left to consider Falun Gong as a group prone to \u201cretaliation.\u201d \u2013 a notion that is highly misleading, at best. Political Prejudice The attempts of the New York Times to ascribe a specific political profile to Falun Gong as a whole is off the mark. The Falun Gong community as well as Falun Gong\u2019s founder, Mr. Li Hongzhi, have no political ties in the U.S. or elsewhere. In fact, Mr. Li has repeatedly called upon Falun Gong practitioners to not involve the practice in politics. Of course, individuals within the Falun Gong community hold their own beliefs that span the political spectrum, from the very liberal to the very conservative, and everything in between. However, the community of practitioners does not involve itself, as a group or community, in politics, nor support any given politician. Furthermore, if you look at the support Falun Gong has received, particularly in the United States, it is clear Falun Gong remains entirely a non-partisan issue, as it should be. Looking at U.S. Congressional resolutions supporting Falun Gong and denouncing the persecution in China (there have been five in total), the co-sponsor list is bi-partisan. House Resolution 343 was cosponsored by 83 Democrats and 102 Republicans. House Resolution 605 was cosponsored by 40 Democrats and 41 Republicans. And finally, House Concurrent Resolution 188 was cosponsored by 62 Democrats and 37 Republicans. This past July,\u00a0a bi-partisan initiative\u00a0featuring letters from 18 Republicans and 16 Democrats in Congress expressed solidarity with Falun Gong practitioners and condemned the Chinese regime for its \u201cegregious crackdown on Falun Gong practitioners.\u201d The Falun Dafa Information Center implores the New York Times to remove whatever policies, influences and\/or biases currently in place that are preventing fair and accurate reporting on Falun Gong, and get the story, the whole story, right.