Google’s First Step is Morally Clear; Others Should Follow

Statement from the Falun Dafa Information Center

The Falun Dafa Information Center applauds Google’s initiative to challenge the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over its Internet censorship and encourages other companies, governments, and individuals to do the same. The Center also questions some media references that this move is “risky” or “surprising,” as the human cost of Internet censorship in China could not be any clearer.

Throughout history, from the Rwandan massacre to the Nazi Holocaust to Khmer Rouge killings in Cambodia, propaganda and censorship have been central to enabling the large-scale persecution of innocent members of a society.

For the past ten years, the Chinese regime has dedicated hundreds of millions of dollars to censoring all channels of information inside China concerning Falun Gong, a group that once represented 10 percent of the country’s population and still numbers in the tens of millions. These efforts have restricted public education about the reality of the fabrications, terrible injustice, and crimes against humanity that the Chinese regime has imposed on citizens who practice Falun Gong since 1999.

It is in this context that the Center encourages any peaceful and honorable effort to challenge the CCP’s control over the Internet and more importantly, any work to bring about an open and free Internet environment in China.

We welcome the efforts of Google or any other entity that sees the morally troubling state of the current Chinese Internet and works to make freedom of information a reality in China. With such freedom will come knowledge and greater understanding, and with that, it is our hope, an end to the torture and killing of Falun Gong practitioners.