IN THE EARLY DAYS of the Chinese Communist Party’s campaign to persecute Falun Gong, the story made front page news around the world, including images of police rounding up meditators and assaulting peaceful protestors on Tiananmen Square. After the CCP pushed its abuses of Falun Gong to less public venues like labor camps, prisons, and mountainside torture chambers and practitioners shifted the focus of their quiet outspokenness to fellow citizens, the story faded from the daily news cycle.
Furthermore, investigating abuses against Falun Gong inside China has proven to be a challenging and dangerous activity. Among the foreign journalists who have conducted such investigations, most have themselves been threatened and pressured by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Some have been arrested, physically assaulted or forced to leave China.
Nevertheless, over the past 20 years, most major media have at one point or another reported on the harsh realities of the persecution in China, including award-winning investigative journalism.
The following collection represents the most well-researched and insightful among the Falun Gong-related reports over the last 20 years.