Investigative Reporting

Investigating abuses against Falun Gong inside China is a challenging and dangerous activity. Among the foreign journalists who have conducted such investigations, most have themselves been threatened and pressured by Chinese officials. Some have been arrested, physically assaulted (link) or forced to leave China (link). All such reporters have been forced to use evasive tactics to ensure their efforts are not thwarted by Chinese security agents nor their interviewees put in danger. Several individual Falun Gong practitioners have been killed or gone missing after meeting with foreign correspondents (link).

This section features the articles produced by the few investigative journalists who have, despite the obstacles, succeeded in digging below the surface of Chinese society, beyond the walls of labor camps, and even behind the closed door meetings of high-ranking officials to produce in-depth reports on the reality, mechanisms, and dynamics of the persecution of Falun Gong inside China.

Wall Street Journal: Death Trap – How One Chinese City Resorted to Atrocities To Control Falun Dafa
by Ian Johnson (date)

“Rising out of the North China Plain in a jumble of dusty apartment blocks and crowded roads, this is an unremarkable Chinese city in every respect but one: Local police regularly torture residents to death.”

Washington Post: Torture Is Breaking Falun Gong
by John Pomfret, Phillip Pan (date)

“After a year and a half of difficulties in suppressing the movement, the government for the first time this year sanctioned the systematic use of violence against the group, established a network of brainwashing classes and embarked on a painstaking effort to weed out followers neighborhood by neighborhood and workplace by workplace…”

Weekly Standard: China’s Gruesome Organ Harvest
by Ethan Guttmann (date)

“It helps that brain death is not legally recognized in China; only when the heart stops beating is the patient actually considered dead. That means doctors can shoot a prisoner in the head, as it were, surgically, then remove the organs before the heart stops beating. Or they can administer anesthesia, remove the organs, and when the operation is nearing completion introduce a heart-stopping drug–the latest method. Either way, the prisoner has been executed…”